Ten rounds have now gone in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Today, teams will draft rounds 11 through 40, which will go a lot faster than the first 10 rounds. Instead of taking a minute (or five minutes like the first round) between picks, teams will call out the names as quickly as then can. Like yesterday, you can follow along on at mlb.com.
Most of the players taken today are simply going to be filler for minor league rosters. There are a lot of exceptions, however. Because a team does not lose any bonus pool money for failing to sign a player in the 11th round or late, this is where the players who are considered to be really tough signs get taken. Most clubs won't draft any one in the first 10 rounds unless they are about 99% sure they can sign them. After the 10th round, they'll take anyone they like regardless to what they think the odds of signing him are.
Additionally, you never know when one of these players surprises you and becomes a breakout star. It doesn't happen very often, but it does happen. Albert Pujols was a 13th-round draft pick in 1999. Two years later, he was Rookie of the Year.
In case you missed picks 3 through 10 yesterday.
3, C Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech.
4, LHP Carson Sands,. North Florida Christian HS.
5. LHP Justin Steele, George County HS (MS)
6, RHP Dylan Cease, Milton HS (GA)
7, RHP James Norwood, St. Louis University.
8. LHP Tommy Thorpe, Oregon.
9. RHP James Farris, Arizona.
10. RHP Ryan Williams, East Carolina.
As you can see, after taking a couple of catchers in the first three rounds (or whatever Kyle Schwarber is defensively), the Cubs went all pitching. This was expected after the Cubs took an hitter in the first round, but maybe not quite as extreme as they did.
Starting with the one hitter chosen yesterday, Zagunis is a patient line-drive hitter with good speed. Not just "good speed for a catcher" but honest to goodness real speed as he stole 16 bases for Virginia this season. Scout say he has the tools to be a good defensive catcher although they'd be quick to add he isn't very good at it right at this moment.
After that, the Cubs went with three high school arms who dropped out of the first three rounds because of their large bonus demands.
Sands is a Florida State commit whose stock rose rapidly along with his velocity this spring. Both MLB and Baseball America ranked him as the No. 53 player in the draft.
Steele has shown flashes of plus stuff at times, but he's plagued with inconsistency. He's also coming off a wrist injury last summer.
Cease can hit 97 on the radar gun, making him one of the hardest-throwing high-school pitchers in the draft. (He's not Kolek, but he's good.) He has the stuff of a top three rounds pick, but he hasn't pitched since March because of an injured elbow. That caused him to drop, along with reasonably strong commitment to Vanderbilt.
Norwood also throws very hard, but he doesn't really have a good secondary pitch. Most observers think he's be a reliever because of that, but I'm guessing the Cubs give him a while to prove himself as a starter first.
Thorpe isn't considered a top prospect, but he was Oregon's Friday starter, which is when college teams throw their aces. He did go 11-4 with a 2.14 ERA.
Farris doesn't have great stuff, but he makes up for it with excellent control. He started Arizona's clinching win in the 2012 College World Series. He's a senior, so he should sign quickly and cheaply. That's him pictured above.
Williams was ECU's closer this past season who struck out 76 batters in 99⅔ innings while walking only 11. He was 11-3 with seven saves and a 1.81 ERA. He's also a senior, so he should also sign quickly and cheaply.
Discuss the final 30 picks among yourselves.