Way Too Early Look At the 2017 MLB Draft

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As I continued to stay in my happy place, the baseball world went on and things happened: The Orioles’ 2017 lineup got a whole lot better on Friday morning, as Baltimore made official the re-signing of outfielder Mark Trumbo to a three-year contract. This signing had an additional quirk as Continue reading Way Too Early Look At the 2017 MLB Draft

Thoughts on Draft Strategy and Managing Risk

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The draft is a few days old at this point, and we are still years away from knowing whether the draft was a success or not. A number of experts have had positive things to say about the Cubs and their approach, but many fans were disappointed by the strategy Continue reading Thoughts on Draft Strategy and Managing Risk

The Cubs’ Quietly Surprising Draft of 2015

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The  Chicago Cubs’ draft turned out predictably if you look at the first ten picks on the surface. An advanced college bat in the first round, and then six more pitchers. This formula is what the Cubs have had under Theo Epstein. The high first round pick devoted to a Continue reading The Cubs’ Quietly Surprising Draft of 2015

2015 MLB Draft Coverage Day 1: Chicago Cubs Select OF/2B Ian Happ (RD 1, 9th overall); OF Donnie Dewees (RD 2, 47th overall)

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If you haven’t checked it out yet, Dabynsky put together some thoughts about the 2015 MLB Draft.  We have some educated guesses, along with many of the other blogs out there, but for the most part we’re just along for the ride.  The Arizona Diamondbacks were the worst team last Continue reading 2015 MLB Draft Coverage Day 1: Chicago Cubs Select OF/2B Ian Happ (RD 1, 9th overall); OF Donnie Dewees (RD 2, 47th overall)

Barely Informed Thoughts Ahead of the MLB Draft

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The amateur draft, or rule 4 draft if you want the official title, has been one of the most important events in Chicago Cubs baseball for the past several years. The front office has called it their Super Bowl in the past. A team that is displaying some of the Continue reading Barely Informed Thoughts Ahead of the MLB Draft

Leverage For Amateur Baseball Players

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Yesterday, I blogged up my thoughts on what teams like the Chicago Cubs might consider trying transactions-wise in the wake of Major League Baseball’s announcement that teams could trade their recent draftees sooner.  While this isn’t necessarily the same as direct trading of draft picks like in other professional sports, Continue reading Leverage For Amateur Baseball Players

Early Draft Notes

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Earlier this month, around when James Shields signed and all the draft positions (minus the potential mid-year, pre-draft trades of competitive balance picks) were set, Baseball America and MLB.com did a rough estimate of the assigned draft slot values in the first ten rounds. …the Cubs only have approximately $7.55MM Continue reading Early Draft Notes

2014 Cubs Post-Draft Prospect Rankings

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It is that time of year again – the Cubs get to add some new prospects into the farm system without giving up any major league talent in the process. With their first pick, the Cubs went underslot with catcher Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall pick in the draft, Continue reading 2014 Cubs Post-Draft Prospect Rankings

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 Continue reading Pitching Options For the Cubs in the 2014 Draft

Can the Cubs snag a competitive balance pick?

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It is true that with the Cubs seemingly out of the picture for the big time moves (except for Jeff Samardzija‘s impending trade/extension), we’re a bit bored over here.  Anno had to resort to writing about Curtis Granderson, whom I believe to be a very poor fit for the Cubs Continue reading Can the Cubs snag a competitive balance pick?