Pitching Options For the Cubs in the 2014 Draft

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Just a quick blurb from our friend Ricky about his draft hopes for the Cubs this year.

Over the past three drafts, the Cubs have gone after bats with their first round picks. Those players are Javier Baez (2011), Albert Almora (2012), and recently drafted Kris Bryant (2013). The Cubs current pitching prospects consist of middle of the rotation to back of the rotation starters.

This upcoming draft could be a great spot to draft a potential front line starter. If you follow the draft, then you know that the top college hurlers are Carlos Rodon and Jeff Hoffman. Both project to go in the top three picks. What does that leave for the Cubs? If the Cubs decide to chase pitching with the fourth pick in the draft, they have two nice choices. My college choice would be Tyler Beede and my high school choice would be Tyler Kolek.  Thanks to the folks at Big League Futures for the scouting blurbs!

Tyler Beede:

Tyler Beede has been on many draft radars for quite some time now, he was drafted out of high school, 21st overall to Toronto, but did not sign.

Beede is a 6’4 215 pound right hander from Vanderbilt University.

Beede has the stuff to be a front line starter. His fastball sits in the range of 92-94 mph and can reach up to 97 mph. When he works down in the strike zone, it has nice movement. His curveball sits in the 80-83 mph range, with good downward action, at its best, it’s an out pitch. His change up is in the 78-82 mph range and is very effective at times, showing great depth and nice fade. The knock on Beede is his control, he gave up 63 walks in 101.0 innings. He averaged about 6 innings per start last season. If he can cut down the walks, I could see him average 7.0 innings per start consistently as a professional.

Potential Ceiling: Front line starter, 220 innings per year. Floor: Low level three starter, 190 innings due to subpar control.


Tyler Kolek:

Kolek is a 6’5 250 pound right hander from Shepherd, Texas.

The 2014 draft class is filled with power arms, and Kolek leads the charge. His fastball has hit triple digits, occasionally touching 99 mph but sits in the 91-96 mph range. He throws a curveball in the 75-77 mph range that is plus on occasion. Kolek throws a slider that is in the 80-83 mph range that has sharp break, it’s slightly better than the curve. He also features a low 80’s change but has not had to use it much, due to dominating his fellow prep players with his fastball. Mechanically, he isn’t perfect, but pro coaching should be able to help him out. He throws from a ¾ slot that gives him nice downhill plane and makes his fastball heavy.

Potential Ceiling: Front line starter able to carry a workload few can handle. Floor: A solid power arm reliever

About Rice Cube

Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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