Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Cubs Pre-Draft Analysis: The Other Picks

The Chicago Cubs draft talk has been centered around who they will draft first with the drafts 2nd overall pick but they also have picks 41, and 75 could be just an impactful (beyond 108 is anyone's best guess.).  So in this post I am going to lay out 3 players that maybe available when they pick and that the Cubs should and could be interested. So lets get started!!

Pick 41:  A lot hinges on the Cubs first overall pick her so they could go a variety of routes but here are three players I chose to highlight.

Kyle Serrano:  He is going to be a tough sign because he has already committed to play for his Dad at Tenn. but his risk could be worth the reward. His fastball is advanced at 92-94 MPH, has good command with his change-up and breaking pitches, and is rather advanced for a high school pitcher.  The best praise for Serrano by a scout is he is a pitcher, he knows how to pitch and think beyond his years as a pitcher.  He has the upside as a potential #2 pitcher but floor of a bottom of the rotation starter.

Eric Jagielo: A 3rd baseman/Outfielder with good power potential.  If the Cubs draft Bryant they will not draft Jagielo.  His power is there and many scouts think he could remain at 3rd base but he is unusual because some mock draft has him going in the first 20 picks while others have him going in the early 50s.  He is a guy if available at 41 the Cubs should take him.

Matt Krook:  Another pitcher but this lefty can hit 94 on the radar gun!  He has very high upside and an above average curveball.  He has some work but what 18 year old high school player doesn't.  Being 6-foot-4 and only 195 lbs he has room to grow but many argue he maybe the best high school lefty in the draft as far as potential.

Result:  I would like the Cubs to take any of the three if they are available but Matt Krook and Kyer Serrano intrigue me the most. 

Pick 75: This is really hit or miss as far as picks go but there is plenty of talent left to pick from in this range.

Cavan Biggo:  Son of baseball great Craig Biggo has a good bat but other tools need to develop to be an everyday big leaguer.  His ceiling is at best .285 with a .350 OBP but his floor is a utility player.  He also does not really have a position but work ethic could replace that.

Chris Okey:  The guy could be the best defensive catcher in the draft and I love defensive catchers.  He also has great versatility and has the athleticism to play the infield and outfield.  Okey is more of a Biggo type than Cavan for that matter which intrigues me even more. The other good thing about Okey is he can handle the bat according to scouts so he has more than defense and versatility.

Dillon Overton:  Once drafted by Theo and company in the 26th round of the 2012 draft he could be a target for the 3rd round for them this go around.  Overton is a left-handed pitcher who has filled out quite well.  His fastball is in the low to mid 90s and has a good strong delivery according to scouts. His strike out rate over the past couple of years has been around 9 K/9.  He is rather polished so making it to the majors fast is not out of the question.

Result:  I think if Chris Okey is available you take him here.

That does it for my draft preview!  Lets hope the Cubs pick future all-starts!

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