Welcome to my seven round mock draft. I am slowly working my way up to 10 rounds and that’s where I’m hoping to stop in early June. At that point, it all becomes about risers and fallers. But I can only squeeze about 300 prospects worth of information into my brain and still keep them straight.
The more and more I think about this 13th pick, that selection is going to be a very important building block in the future of the Cubs system. They are going to want to get a guy, who, in 2 to 3 years time, will be a fundamental part of the every day lineup in Chicago. Picking at 13 doesn’t necessarily guarantee anything, but it does give the Cubs a shot at fulfilling the goal of an every day guy.
Here’s who I took in my first five round, mock draft. It had one hitter and 4 pitchers, unintentionally.
Let’s begin with my new seven rounder, which will take us up through pix 209.
13. Brock Wilken – 3B, Wake Forest
If it’s not broke, I’m not fixing it and I’m sticking with the Wake Forest third baseman, Brock Wilken. The Cubs would be getting a big bat who can jump on pitches in the zone and do some serious damage to a lot of baseballs. He is not a fully fleshed out hitter. So, there could be some work to do there, but for the most part, the Cubs are getting, one of the top power hitters in college baseball.
And that’s where the similarities between the five round mock and the seven rounder ends. Today I wanted to be a little bit more balanced. I thought about seeking out left-handed pitchers, but eventually I went for the best guy I thought the Cubs would get could get at that spot.
68. Blake Wolters, RHP – Mahoment-Seymour HS
I am going with a right handed pitcher Blake Wolters from nearby Mahomet Seymour High School. He’s a big kid who could take some time to develop. He can throw in the mid 90s already. The only concern that I have is that of him facing elite competition. He’s not going to get that in a high school baseball game in Illinois, but he does have some experience, just not as much as one would think. Still, the upside is too enticing, not to take.
81. Homer Bush OF – Grand Canyon
I’ve said before that my dream draft trio would be Tanner Witt, Cameron Johnson, and Homer Bush. Today I get Homer Bush and I think this is a perfect landing spot for him as the Cubs are getting an ascending player who has grown by leaps and bounds in the last year. He’s big at 6-foot-3 and he is still figuring out how to play in that body, which is enticing. Add in the fact that he has elite speed and could probably stick in center if needed, but he’s more likely to move to left field, considering who the Cubs already have in center.
113. Trey Morgan 1B/OF – LSU
Trey Morgan is probably the most underrated player on a potent LSU team. He is a 20-year-old left-handed hitting first baseman and outfielder. He flashes a lot of plus tools, especially when it comes to just natural athleticism. It’s not as if you are reaching here, but you’re getting a guy with huge tools that you can develop and play at a variety of positions. That versatility makes him intriguing and exciting.
149. Khristian Curtis – RHP – Arizona State
If the Cubs are able to take Curtis in the fifth round, that would be a big steal. He’s a kid with a wide frame who already has a pretty good floor and knowing the Cubs pitching development system, he should be a guy fairly quickly like Brandon Birdsell has been this season.
179. Isaiah Drake – OF – North Atlanta, Georgia.
This might be my favorite pick of the draft so far. Drake is a very athletic young player with incredible speed and the potential for power as he fills out over time. He’s an incredible athlete who will need some time to develop all of the skills at the plate and in the field. He’s also the kind of guy that once it clicks, he’s going to move fast. But that could take two to three years of foundational work, and the Cubs have plenty of time this deep in the draft. And he bats left-handed….which is always a plus!
209. Nick Maldonado, RHP, Vanderbilt.
While this is technically not a senior sign, Maldonado is not exactly a starter. He’s one of the best relievers in the SEC and he normally throws about 94 to 96. His two seamer does sink pretty well. However, his best pitch is a Slider, which is something the Cubs won’t have to teach him. In fact, he generates a lot of movement on all his pitches.
This ought to hold me for a couple weeks on draft content until early June. As I said before, I am building up to 10 rounds slowly. Hopefully I will be ready by then!