Cubs Select 3B/OF Kris Bryant Second Overall: Updated With Full Draft Results

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The Cubs added another huge piece to the farm on Thursday, drafting third baseman Kris Bryant out of the University of San Diego after the Houston Astros selected right hander Mark Appel out of Stanford with the number one overall draft pick.  The young prospect adds even more star power to the farm system that already includes 2011 first rounder Javier Baez, Cuban international signing Jorge Soler and 2012 first rounder Albert Almora, a trio that make up just the top of the pyramid of Chicago’s plethora of minor league talent.

For the second consecutive season under Epstein and Hoyer, the Cubs passed on the opportunity to snag a first round pitching talent, instead selecting a third baseman/outfielder in Bryant.  Considered to be among the top bats in the draft, Bryant will join a position player-heavy Cubs system with Baez, Soler, and Almora.  The selection certainly adds another exciting bat to the system, but a top of the line pitcher would have been preferable and likely make a quicker impact at the major league level.

Here is a quick snippet from a scouting report on the Cubs newest elite addition to the farm system.  These great reports put together by go much more in depth, and you can view the full reports on their website by clicking the link below the report.

Summation: College has been very good for Bryant as he has polished his game significantly and will be able to move very quickly through a professional system. Will have to adjust to higher grade pitching at professional level so hit tool can play, but should get there quickly and all tools should play. Doesn’t get talked about as a five-tool player, but projects for all five tools at average level or above, including one near elite tool with power. Hitting ability projects pretty well to average level with good bat speed, an ability to adjust, a solid approach and a level of intelligence that suggests continued improvements can be made. Power is exceptional and could make him a star-level player. Defensive profile fits best in right field with solid range, good instincts and an above-average arm. A team that tries him at 3B could delay his path through the minor leagues as he polishes the rough edges, and even then he may not show better than fringe-average defense at the hot corner. Potential role 6 player with All-Star potential and middle-of-the-order thump.

Relative Risk: Moderate. Polished player that needs very little development to make an impact in pro ball.

Baseball Prospect Nation

The second round pick for the Cubs was LHP Rob Zastryzny, and a scouting report was put by Baseball America:

Though Zastryzny won just two of his first 11 starts this spring as Missouri got a rude welcome to the Southeastern Conference, scouts aren’t holding that against him. A lefthander who can really pitch with his fastball, he should go in the first three rounds. Zastrzyny effortlessly adds and subtracts from his fastball, usually sitting around 90 mph but capable of dropping down to 86 or elevating four-seamers up in the zone at 95. The 6-foot-3, 193-pounder can locate his fastball to either side of the plate and gets good angle, which helps it play up further. His most reliable secondary pitch is his changeup, which shows flashes of being a plus offering. His breaking ball is less consistent, as he will switch between a slider and curveball. Zastryzny throws strikes but will need to refine his command in pro ball.

Obviously the drafting of Kris Bryant was huge for the farm system.  The only question remaining in the near term, besides of course if he busts or reaches his potential and all that other wait-it-out major league impact stuff, is where to rank him in the farm system right now.  Without further ado, the updated Top 13 Prospects List after the draft, complete with two of of the organization’s newest members.

  1. SS-3B Javier Baez
  2. OF Jorge Soler
  3. 3B Kris Bryant
  4. OF Albert Almora
  5. RHP Pierce Johnson
  6. 1B Dan Vogelbach
  7. SS Arismendy Alcantara
  8. 3B Jeimer Candelario
  9. RHP Arodys Vizcaino
  10. LHP Rob Zastryzny
  11. 1B/OF Rock Shoulders
  12. RHP Dillon Maples
  13. OF Matt Szczur

The list can be broken down into multiple parts.  The top four are the clear cream of the crop in the system.  The next seven form a clear second tier, and the remaining two form the beginning of a very large third tier, though Szczur has shown signs of potentially moving back into the second tier at some point in the future.

After their first two picks, the Cubs took a position player, and then a run of five straight pitchers.  In all, the Cubs took one first baseman, one third baseman, eight outfielders, a shortstop, six catchers, and twenty-three pitchers with their forty picks.

Complete list of 2013 Cubs draft picks:

  1. 3B Kristopher Bryant, R/R – Beast
  2. LHP Rob Zastryzny, R/L – In our Top 10
  3. CF Jacob Hannemann, L/L
  4. RHP Tyler Skulina, R/R
  5. RHP Trey Masek, R/R
  6. RHP Scott Frazier, R/R
  7. RHP David Garner, R/R
  8. LHP Sam Wilson, L/L
  9. CF Charcer Burks, R/R
  10. RHP Zack Godley, R/R – What a name!
  11. C Jordan Hankins, L/R
  12. RHP Trevor Clifton, R/R
  13. RHP Trevor Graham, R/R – Back-to-back Trevors
  14. RHP Daniel Poncedeleon, R/R
  15. RHP Michael Wagner, R/R
  16. C Cael Brockmeyer, R/R
  17. C Kelvin Freeman, R/R
  18. RHP Giuseppe Papaccio, R/R
  19. C Will Remillard, R/R
  20. LHP Zak Blair, L/R
  21. OF Joshua McCauley, R/R
  22. RHP Kevin Brown, R/R
  23. CF Tyler Ihrig, L/L
  24. C Tyler Alamo, R/R
  25. OF Marcus Doi, R/R
  26. C Carlos Pena, R/R – Not that Carlos Pena
  27. CF Tyler Sciaccia, R/R
  28. RHP Brad Renner, R/R
  29. LHP John Garcia, R/R
  30. RHP Zachary Hermans, R/R
  31. 1B Sean Johnson, R/R – Not the Chicago Fire goalkeeper
  32. RF Keaton Leach, R/R
  33. RHP Chris Madera, R/R
  34. RHP Jake Thompson, R/R
  35. LHP Ramsey Romano, R/R
  36. SS Derek Campbell, R/R
  37. C Jeremy Martinez, R/R – Signability issues, but a long while ago even got mention as a potential first round pick, appearing on multiple mock drafts.  Committed to USC, but worth watching.  My assumption is that he’ll hold out for more money as a higher round pick in the future.
  38. RHP Zack Brown, R/R
  39. CF Josh Greene, L/L
  40. LHP Bubby Riley, L/L

About Jackson Scofield

I cover the minor leagues for World Series Dreaming. You probably don't read my articles. Also have been doing Chicago Fire coverage, press pass and all, for ChiCitySports. Studying Journalism with a focus in sports at Columbia College Chicago. Go Hawks (The hockey team, but go Boise too)!

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