Baseball America just released their mid season top 50:
Again this draft class is LOADED. You got guys sitting mid 1st round who would be top 3 in another year. The Cubs sitting #9 are in a position to nab a really good player. Here is my quick moch draft to see what could possibly be avaiable for us and it looks very promising. Things will change from now until draft day but I think this will be fun to see what's waiting in our future.
2. Mariners - RHP Gerrit Cole - Could be better then Srasburg w/ better mechanics. About as close as you can get to surefire ace in the MLB draft as it gets.
3. D'backs - LHP Danny Hultzen - D'backs are in love w/ Hultzen and Mike Newman of scoutingthesally.com calls him the 2nd best pitcher he's scouted behind Julio Teheran. Newman said in an outing he saw Hultzen carried mid 90s stuff late into the game w/ a plus slider and CU.
4. Orioles - RHP Sonny Gray - Little torn here on what the O's would do sitting @4 but Gray is a polished SP who would give them a nice 1-2-3 punch w/ Britton/Matusz.
5. Royals - OF Bubba Starling - The Royals have proven they will spend large amounts of money on HS talent and Starling is from the area and has enormous upside.
6. Nationals - SS Francisco Lindor - With as much college talent tlaent as there is I wouldn't go Lindor but does make some sense for the Nats.
7. D'Backs - RHP Tony Zych - Again I could see the Dbacks going with Zych who is more of a 2nd rounder and should sign for cheaper then the average 7 pick. Can hit 98 w/ a good slider and would move fast.
8. Indians - LHP Jed Bradley - COuld go 4 to the O's maybe but has really improved his stock since the begining of the year. I'd love for the Cubs grab him if avaiable but not looking likely at this point. Good 3 pitch mix, command and polish. W/ Pomeranz/White/Materson would form a nice young staff.
So here we are @ 9 and there is a ton of good players still available here. I'll run down a handful of my favorites.
OF George Springer - Has slipped a bit this year but is starting to turn it on after a slow start. 18/22 BB/K with power speed combo and has the tools to be a premium defender in CF. Swing can get long but has dominated the last 2 years on the Cape which I know socuts put a lot of stock in. I have a hard time believing he'd be available @ 9 for the Cubs but if he is would be really hard to pass on.
RHP Trevor Bauer - A bit of Tim Lincecum in him has run his FB up to 98 this year. Good command to go w/
curveball, changeup, split-finger, slider and "reverse-slider". Bauer has grown on me this year and very well would be a great pick for us.
LHP Matt Purke - Draft stock is sliding because of inconsistent year so far. Has an emormous ceiling but even with that I'd be hard pressed to take a chance on him considering how much talent is avaiable. He also could return to school to try and improve draft status and may be prudent considering how ridiculously loaded this draft class is.
RHP Taylor Jungmann - The fastball sits in the low-90s and can touch 95. He also shows the foundation for a knock-out slider and a plus-changeup. His mechanics need some work, as he can get a little out of rhythm at times making his delivery look like his arms and legs are all over the place, but that’s nothing a little refining and maturation at the next level coudn't fix. Has been dominant this year.
RHP Dylan Bundy - Top HS arm has a mid 90's FB w/ 4 pitch mix and good mechanics. Not sure the Cubs would go HS considering how much college talent will be there for us.
Also in the running but imo not as likely as the players profiled above are CF Jackie Bradley Jr., RHP Matt Barnes, prep ams Archie Bradley and Daniel Norris.
Please discuss your opinion and add anyhting to the short reports I've posted.