The Cubs made four picks in the MLB Draft last night, selecting Stanford SS Nico Hoerner, outfielder Brennan Davis from Basha HS in Arizona, outfielder Cole Roederer from Hart HS in California and right-handed pitcher Paul Richan from the University of San Diego.
You can read all about the four players in the recap from last night.
Jim Callis of MLB.com offered his thoughts this morning on the Cubs’ choice of Hoerner:
I’m a little surprised the Cubs passed on a couple of the college arms that were available here, but Hoerner is an offensive-minded middle infielder with a track record of hitting in college. Those are hard to find, and he should continue to hit at the next level, with good power for his position. A lot of scouts see Hoerner more as a second baseman than a shortstop, but he should definitely be able to stay up the middle.
Here’s what Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs had to say about the Cubs’ first-round picks.
Richan fits with recent Cubs’ drafts modus operandi for mid-round selections as a polished, strike-throwing college starter. Four Corners scouts have told us Davis wants $1.2 to $1.5 million, so he’s probably $250-$500K over slot at No. 62. He could be a monster if he hits, but the bat is raw. We had Roederer evaluated in round Nos. 3 through 5, but his bat is advanced and the Cubs certainly round up harder on guys with good hit tools more than other orgs do, and that probably played a role where Hoerner is concerned, too.
Rounds three through 10 are today, starting at noon Central Time. The draft stops being a big production after the second round and today’s rounds will go by much faster and will be conducted via a conference call. You can still follow along on mlb.com.
Use this as an open thread for today’s draft rounds.