First mock I see has the Cubs taking a giant, switch hitting college catcher. Susac was a really good prospect coming out of HS, unsignable out side of the first, and yeah duh the Cubs should have more giant switch hitters who can hit HRs and possibly play up the middle:
11. Cubs: Daniel Susac, C, Arizona
Susac hit .335/.392/.591 with 12 homers and 24 doubles as a true freshman, earning several national accolades in the process. The younger brother of Andrew Susac, Daniel is a former high school quarterback with tremendous raw pop, some feel for hitting and a very strong arm behind the plate.
Big early addition, I'd say he compares very well to Brett Bray from the 2020 draft as a LHH 3B prospect:
https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories ... mlb-draft/
Cam Collier, the No. 3 prospect on Baseball America's rankings of the top 2023 players, is reclassifying to be eligible for the 2022 draft. Collier announced the news Aug. 2 on his Instagram account.
Collier, a 16-year-old infielder who has also spent time on the mound, was the premier offensive threat in the 2023 class. He's 6-foot-2, 210 pounds with a smooth, compact swing from the left side, good bat speed and easy power. He has consistently performed at a high level in games, both in terms of getting on base and hitting for power, often while playing against older competition. He has hit well against both lefties and righties, showing a mature approach at the plate for his age, with the pitch recognition and contact skills to regularly square up both fastballs and offspeed pitches.
A Louisville commit at Mount Paran Christian High in Kennesaw, Ga., Collier is a below-average runner with good instincts at third base and a strong arm. He's the son of former big leaguer Lou Collier, who played in the majors from 1997-2004 with the Pirates, Brewers, Expos, Red Sox and Phillies.
Some prospects I like early:
Rob Moore 2B - He's not in that MLB.com mock, rude, but yeah I think he's one of the handful best players in this draft: a potential half decade+ starter, gold glover, and leadoff hitter at 2B. Not a big player at say 5'9" sub-200, .294/.396/.506 in 500 between the SEC (NCAA) and summer league PAs at 18 and 19 (19 being about the average age of a freshman). FTR FGs has him at 7 on The Board
Hunter Barco LHSP - Had first round potential out of HS, ee's been solid at Florida showing SP potential with a 4 pitch mix and some solid pitchability
Nate Savino LHP - Like more, he reclassified in 2019 despite being a potential first rounder. Unlike Moore, it hasn't gone as well. As a healthy LHP who hasn't exactly tanked so far a big season can get him into the first round
Brandon Barriera LHSP - The top HS LHP, that mock has Jackson Ferris going first there but whatever, with a 3 pitch mix. Reminds me a little of Jose Berrios what with the wind up and the curveball
Reggie Crawford 1B/LHP - Has done some two way work at Penn St and in the CCBL this summer, I liked him as a pitcher coming out of HS. Big and physical at 6'4" 200+ easy, legit LHH potential with power and can play 1B. Quick seach and...yep, he's hit 101 on the mound this summer. Big want outside the first
Kumar Rocker RHSP - It would please me if the Mets passed on Rocker and then the Cubs got Rocker (granted this is all slimy af towards Rocker)
Xavier Isaac 1B - Possibly the top giant HS 1B prospect jic they're looking
- Green belies a relatively weak HS class compared to 2020 and even 2021. Collier maybe instantly became the #2 HS prospect, maybe 3 behind Lesko in early rankings. For instance, I see Druw Jones as more Manuel Margot than his dad
- Top HSRP should be an interesting competition. Dylan Lesko's the incumbent, Brock Porter's pretty tooled up with some aptitude, there's probably others to come.
- Carl Crawford's son is in this draft, 6'3" LHH recruit for LSU and not a particularly strong HS prospect
Prospect Live's got an early top 100 for free:
https://www.prospectslive.com/prospects ... -prospects