Yesterday was awfully boring for Cubs fans as they sat out the first night of the MLB Draft. Compared to all the excitement of the previous five drafts when the Cubs got Javier Baez, Albert Almora Jr., Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ in the first round, the Cubs had to settle for Jason Heyward last night, which is like getting a Ferrari for Christmas on June 1. Sure, you love your gift and you wouldn't trade it for anything, but you're still a little disappointed six months later when there's nothing under the tree for you.
Taking the metaphor one step further, now we're going to see if there is anything decent hanging in the stockings. The Cubs will make eight picks today in rounds 3 through 10. The only thing we know for sure is that they are interested in pitching.
With the caveat that 26 teams pick in the third round before the Cubs get a selection, some of the best arms still on the board are:
RHP Jared Horn--Napa, CA HS
LHP Jesus Luzardo--Parkland, FL HS (underwent Tommy John surgery in March)
RHP Jon Duplantier --Rice U
RHP Corbin Burnes--St. Mary's U
RHP Nolan Martinez--Culver City, CA HS
LHP Adam Laskey--Haddon Heights, NJ HS
RHP Kyle Funkhouser--U of Louisville (Drafted #35 by the Dodgers last season. Didn't sign.)
There are others and I have no idea what the signing demands of most of those players are. The Cubs only have a slot value of $573,000 to play with here and they obviously aren't going to get any savings from any earlier under-slot deals.
Let's all welcome eight new members of the Cubs family today!