The reaction has been mixed about the Cubs first two selections, Kyle Schwarber and Jake Stinnett. Some experts feel the Cubs are saving money up for later to pick someone at a slot at which they can over pay such as the 11th round. The obvious name is P Jacob Bukauskas out of Virginia. Bukauskas throws in the upper 90s but has committed to North Carolina, and while only 17, he has stated his demands to attend and for teams not to draft him. If he is drafted, you can make sure a team has a deal in place with him or the team just wasted a pick.
Other names you could hear today
There are seven names I like
1. Jakson Reetz whom I profiled the other day
2. Evan Skoug from nearby Libertyville. The 5’11” catcher is projected to have 20 HR power from the left side. He just lead his HS team to a runner up finish in the IHSA State Tournament. He could be a nice complement to Schwarber.
3. Michael Cederoth is 6’6″ and all kinds of heat. He is a closer and most likely projects as a reliever. He is still working on secondary pitches but shows a propensity to miss bats with a near 9 K/9 rate.
4. Dylan Cease is a work in progress. At 6’1″ and only 175 pounds, he does physically throw very hard and that needs to be toned down as he suffered an elbow injury this spring that did not require TJ. He could be had much later in the day.
5. Wyatt Strahan USC – since converting from a reliever after his freshman year, Strahan’s stock has risen each year. Now a junior, he could be a nice find at 6’3″ ad 205. He is a righty who throws in the mid 90s with a nice sink to it, something that will play well at Wrigley.
6. David Peterson is huge. At 6’6″, the lefty southpaw suffered a broken leg that caused him to miss most this spring’s season. At only 215 pounds he has some room to fill out. What scouts have liked about him in the past is his fastball moves and darts. For a high school kid, he is a risk, but then so are all players.
7. Tanner Houck – the 6’5″ Collinsville, Illinois right-handed pitcher has some scouts drooling. Committed to Missouri, he has drawn comparisons to Max Scherzer and Nick Burdi. He has a good fastball with some sink and a split/changeup that is a plus, plus pitch.
It should be an interesting day!