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    2020 MLB Draft Thread

    2020 Chicago Cubs MLB Draft Thread




    2020 Draft Picks (By Round/Pick)

    Day 1:
    Rd 1, Pick #16: SS Ed Howard (Mount Carmel HS, Illinois) $3,745,500

    Day 2:
    Rd 2, Pick #51: LHP Burl Carraway (Dallas Baptist) $1,050,000
    Rd 3, Pick #88: OF Jordan Nwogu (Michigan)
    Rd 4, Pick #117: LHP Luke Little (San Jacinto JuCo) $492,700
    Rd 5, Pick #147: RHP Koen Moreno (Panther Creek HS, N. Carolina) $900,000

    Any signings that qualify under the Undrafted $20,000 signing bonus will be added underneath:
    LHP Scott Kobos (Coastal Carolina)
    INF Scott McKeon (Coastal Carolina)
    OF Bradlee Beesley (Cal Poly)
    RHP Graham Lawson (South Carolina)
    RHP Ben Leeper (Oklahoma State)
    OF Jacob Wetzel (Frederick Community College)
    RHP Bailey Reed (Westmont College)
    RHP Angel Gonzalez (Delgado HS, Puerto Rico)
    1B/RHP Matt Mervis (Duke)
    RHP Sam Thoresen (Minnesota)
    IF Bryan Serra (Talladega)
    RHP Sheldon Reed (Clemson)


    Dark Blue = Official confirmation of player signing.
    Blue = Unofficial confirmation of player signing.
    Dark Green = Player indicated likely to sign with Cubs.
    Light Green = Media indicates likely to sign with Cubs.
    Purple = Failed physical, complication.
    Orange = Indication player not likely to sign with Cubs.
    Red = Player not signed by July deadline.

    Source of this thread: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...#gid=451339458
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    Austin Wells or bust.

    Sorry. Just needed to get that out up front. They're not taking Austin Wells. So with that out of the way...I'll hope for one of the 3 HS arms, Bitsko, Abel or Kelley.

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    My 5 favorites for 16 at this moment:
    Bitsko, Kelley, Abel, Cavalli, Hendrick

    At least 2 of those 5 should be available.
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    I like Hendrick. But scuttlebutt around Cincinnati area is that he's going there if he's available.

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    Now Longenhagen from Fangraphs has predicted Mitchell to the Cubs. Like it or not, thereís a ton of smoke around Garrett Mitchell. I also see Abel mentioned more than Bitsko as far as HS arms go. I wonít lie, I locked in on Bitsko after watching some tape and havenít really paid much attention to Abel or Kelley.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ivyboys View Post
    Now Longenhagen from Fangraphs has predicted Mitchell to the Cubs. Like it or not, thereís a ton of smoke around Garrett Mitchell. I also see Abel mentioned more than Bitsko as far as HS arms go. I wonít lie, I locked in on Bitsko after watching some tape and havenít really paid much attention to Abel or Kelley.


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    BA mocked Crochet to the Cubs this afternoon and the note reads like theyíve heard this connection to the Cubs:


    Notes: Crochet has a few different suitors throughout the teens. Thereís a lot of risk, but Chicago sounds like one of the teams who might be too infatuated with his significant upside. They might not let him get passed 16.

    Crochet was the name I probably most debated adding to the top 5 I posted today. Huge risk/reward guy.

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    I have Crochet as a guy I would be happy with. I know theres some major risk there, but he's got backup plan ability as a multi-inning high leverage reliever, and he's also got Chris Sale upside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ivyboys View Post
    Now Longenhagen from Fangraphs has predicted Mitchell to the Cubs. Like it or not, thereís a ton of smoke around Garrett Mitchell. I also see Abel mentioned more than Bitsko as far as HS arms go. I wonít lie, I locked in on Bitsko after watching some tape and havenít really paid much attention to Abel or Kelley.


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    I think he's guessing based on some of the Cubs previous picks. He doesn't say anything akin to how he described Loftin to the Rangers.

    I'll be slightly disappointed with Mitchell. He's a complete swing retool and I just don't like drafting theoretical power. He's not a death wish pick, but he's just disappointing compared to a handful of the other, higher upside guys I think will be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1908_Cubs View Post
    I think he's guessing based on some of the Cubs previous picks. He doesn't say anything akin to how he described Loftin to the Rangers.

    I'll be slightly disappointed with Mitchell. He's a complete swing retool and I just don't like drafting theoretical power. He's not a death wish pick, but he's just disappointing compared to a handful of the other, higher upside guys I think will be there.

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    Iíll be interested to see where he goes. Most mocks have him somewhere between 10-20.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 1908_Cubs View Post
    I think he's guessing based on some of the Cubs previous picks. He doesn't say anything akin to how he described Loftin to the Rangers.

    I'll be slightly disappointed with Mitchell. He's a complete swing retool and I just don't like drafting theoretical power. He's not a death wish pick, but he's just disappointing compared to a handful of the other, higher upside guys I think will be there.

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    Also why do you say he needs a swing retool? I really am curious of your take on it. Is it just to generate more power? His swing looks pretty good to me. Not a lot of moving parts. Simple and to the point. Iím a bit surprised he has 70 grade speed being 215 pounds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CP_414 View Post
    BA mocked Crochet to the Cubs this afternoon and the note reads like theyíve heard this connection to the Cubs:


    Notes: Crochet has a few different suitors throughout the teens. Thereís a lot of risk, but Chicago sounds like one of the teams who might be too infatuated with his significant upside. They might not let him get passed 16.

    Crochet was the name I probably most debated adding to the top 5 I posted today. Huge risk/reward guy.
    I can dig Crochet. Itís hard not to look at him and get excited about his potential. He already has great spin rate on his slider and fastball. Both pitches are plus pitches and his change up is pretty good also. Thereís a lot to like about a lefty throwing 96-100 with a plus slider and good change up. He has to work on his command for sure though. He strikes out a lot of guys, but he also gives up a bunch of hits. He would definitely need to get in our pitch lab and let those guys nail down a few things.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ivyboys View Post
    Also why do you say he needs a swing retool? I really am curious of your take on it. Is it just to generate more power? His swing looks pretty good to me. Not a lot of moving parts. Simple and to the point. Iím a bit surprised he has 70 grade speed being 215 pounds.


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    His swing is entirely, completely, tooled for hitting linedrives to ground balls and using his speed. He is short and quick to the ball, but he isn't a "good" short and quick to the ball.



    If you watch him, you'll see, there's no weight transfer. He's got zero lift in him. It's why everyone has this theoretical power grade on him. He's 6"3 and 200lbs. You'd say "that's a guy who can hit". But he hit 8 home runs in 121 collegiate games. He hit zero in 15 games this spring, against, what should be easier competition. Yes, he's a triple machine, but I think he's hitting gaps and is fast as hell. So the power is based on "well, he's big enough to where he should hit for more power". But that doesn't mean he will. And it'll be interesting to see what it does to his hit tool, which is solid at this juncture, but that swing is tailor made for hit tool, which I've seen graded around average to plus.

    And it should be noted...he's already had to undergo a swing overhaul. It was worse when he got to UCLA. It's been noted in games, it's well worse than it is in BP, too. He's all on the ground. Choppy. So some of his BA is coming from his speed and just being faster then the ball. I've also read there's some question on his demeanor, but I'm not sure what that all entails.

    While some have seen "plus-plus" power in BP (Ian Smith, prospect 365), Keith Law thinks he's a slash hitter and doesn't see the power. You also have to take into account his diabetes, but it's not something I'm qualified to talk on.

    I just don't find him overly exciting right now. He's fast. He's got good bat to ball skills. But he's in need of a pretty decent swing overhaul in that he needs to generate lift, and you're going to have to get him in the mindset that he's capable of lift. It's why his hit tool sits average to plus, because he can't really survive playing slap-hitter baseball. If Mitchell is a 20 home run guy, and keeps the hit tool, he's probably a 4-5 win CF'er. If he's not...you might have a defensive specialist who doesn't hit. But I'd rather take someone like Crochet who I know has the stuff. He's got the stuff at the very least to be a high-leverage reliever if he can't start. Mitchell's stuff is still things he hasn't shown.

    He's got the upside that if the Cubs take him with 16...fine. It could be a hell of a lot worse. But I like the three HS arms much more, I like Soderstrom more, I like Wells more...maybe 2-4 more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1908_Cubs View Post
    His swing is entirely, completely, tooled for hitting linedrives to ground balls and using his speed. He is short and quick to the ball, but he isn't a "good" short and quick to the ball.



    If you watch him, you'll see, there's no weight transfer. He's got zero lift in him. It's why everyone has this theoretical power grade on him. He's 6"3 and 200lbs. You'd say "that's a guy who can hit". But he hit 8 home runs in 121 collegiate games. He hit zero in 15 games this spring, against, what should be easier competition. Yes, he's a triple machine, but I think he's hitting gaps and is fast as hell. So the power is based on "well, he's big enough to where he should hit for more power". But that doesn't mean he will. And it'll be interesting to see what it does to his hit tool, which is solid at this juncture, but that swing is tailor made for hit tool, which I've seen graded around average to plus.

    And it should be noted...he's already had to undergo a swing overhaul. It was worse when he got to UCLA. It's been noted in games, it's well worse than it is in BP, too. He's all on the ground. Choppy. So some of his BA is coming from his speed and just being faster then the ball. I've also read there's some question on his demeanor, but I'm not sure what that all entails.

    While some have seen "plus-plus" power in BP (Ian Smith, prospect 365), Keith Law thinks he's a slash hitter and doesn't see the power. You also have to take into account his diabetes, but it's not something I'm qualified to talk on.

    I just don't find him overly exciting right now. He's fast. He's got good bat to ball skills. But he's in need of a pretty decent swing overhaul in that he needs to generate lift, and you're going to have to get him in the mindset that he's capable of lift. It's why his hit tool sits average to plus, because he can't really survive playing slap-hitter baseball. If Mitchell is a 20 home run guy, and keeps the hit tool, he's probably a 4-5 win CF'er. If he's not...you might have a defensive specialist who doesn't hit. But I'd rather take someone like Crochet who I know has the stuff. He's got the stuff at the very least to be a high-leverage reliever if he can't start. Mitchell's stuff is still things he hasn't shown.

    He's got the upside that if the Cubs take him with 16...fine. It could be a hell of a lot worse. But I like the three HS arms much more, I like Soderstrom more, I like Wells more...maybe 2-4 more.
    Nice informative breakdown. I watched the same video you posted (about an hour ago) and wasnít entirely impressed for many of the reasons you just stated. I see what youíre saying. Weíve seen this first hand with Jason Heyward. Huge guy that should be hitting 30 HRís in his sleep, but his swing is just awkward. I do agree that thereís a number of guys that I would take ahead of Mitchell. If we were picking around mid 20s, I might make an argument for him, but not at 16.


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    Title post has been updated. Finally got my computer to work lol

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