Cubs Draft: Day Two – A Land of Pitchers and Catchers
The Cubs need pitchers and catchers to develop. Outside of Willson Contreras, the Cubs do not have any other notable catchers in the system. From a pitching perspective, it’s very much the same story.
On day two of the MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs selected eight players, six pitchers and two catchers. The Cubs have now selected seven pitchers, two catchers, and only one other position player through the first ten rounds.
Arguably the most notable picks on day two for the Cubs were third-round pick Michael McAvene and sixth-round pick Ethan Hearn.
McAvene is a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from the University of Louisville, where he has been serving as the Cardinals’ closer this season and is ranked the 174th best prospect in the draft. Per his draft report on MLB.com, he was the top pitcher in the school’s 2016 recruiting class. He began to have a solid grasp on a rotation spot as a freshman before needing Tommy John surgery. However, he is back closing games for his team. Below is his MLB.com profile:
Sixth-round pick Ethan Hearn is the 67th rated prospect in this year’s draft class. The Alabama high school product was rated by some teams as the top high school catcher according to MLB.com, making him seem like a value pick in the sixth round for the Cubs. He is a Mississippi State commit, so it will be intriguing to see if he chooses to go to school, or sign with the Cubs and develop in their system. Below is his MLB.com profile:
Another notable name was called in the ninth round as local product Tyler Schlaffer was selected out of Homewood Flossmoor High School. The young pitcher is a University of Illinois-Chicago commit for baseball, a program that has produced numerous pro players, including fellow south side Cubs fan and Oak Lawn native Cody Bohanek, who is currently in the Mets’ system.
Here is the full list of Cubs draft picks through ten rounds:
The theme for the draft so far has been pitching. The Cubs need to start developing pitchers they like in order to properly stock their farm system for the future. The benefit of drafting pitchers and catchers is that they will develop together in the minors, something noted on the MLB Draft broadcast on Monday night when the Braves selected a top college catcher in Shea Langeliers. The Cubs need pitchers and catchers to develop. Outside of Willson Contreras, the Cubs do not have any other notable catchers in the system. From a pitching perspective, it’s very much the same story.
Tune in after the draft concludes for a further look at the entire Cubs 2019 draft class!
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