After three days, the 2019 MLB Draft has concluded. The Cubs made 40 draft selections, and 22 of those selections were pitchers. The full Cubs draft board is below:
As of now, it is a complete crapshoot as to which players will pan out. One could pan out, none could pan out, or most could pan out. We likely will not be able to grade this draft as fans for at least three or four years.
It is very encouraging to see the Cubs select as many pitchers as they did. It is no secret that the pitching on this team is getting older and a new generation of pitchers will need to take over. Hopefully, one or two of the 22 pitchers drafted turn into a major contributor on this team in the future. If that is the case, this draft could be considered a success.
In related draft news, catcher Ethan Hearn, a sixth-round selection, signed today according to David Kaplan on Twitter:
This is big because he will receive roughly $1.4 million since it is second-round money. Many experts considered Hearn the best high school catcher in the draft, so it is great depth for the Cubs to build up behind Willson Contreras.
Now that the draft is over, the big news broke last night that the Cubs acquired closer Craig Kimbrel and signed him to a three-year contract worth roughly $43 million. There is an option for a fourth year as well.
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