One year ago in the draft, the Cubs selected 27 pitchers. They were able to sign 16 of them. Some of them turned down the Cubs offer to go to college as freshmen. Five others were draft eligible college players who returned to college for at least one more season.They are betting on themselves to improve their draft position.
These leftover pitchers should be interesting follows throughout the spring. They are:
Trey Cobb from Oklahoma State
Parker Dunshee of Wake Forest
Austin Jones of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Rian Bassett of Clark College in Vancouver Washington
Montana Parsons of Baylor
Here’s what I said about these five last summer.
Round 12: Trey Cobb – Oklahoma State – RHP
At 6’1″ and 180, Cobb will be a reliever, but he has starter stuff. This year he appeared in 58.2 innings with a 2.61 ERA. He struck out 53 and walked only 19. His FB is more of a sinker and he has a plus slider with a changeup that needs a lot of work.
Round 14: Parker Dunshee – Wake Forest – RHP
The 6’2 and 210 righty started 15 games and threw 101.1 innings and struck out 102 with an ERA of 3.20. He is known for his competitiveness on the mound. I think he sticks as a starter.
Round 26: Austin Jones – Wisconsin-Whitewater – RHP
He was a two-way player. He missed all of 2015 and made only 10 appearances this year. In 2014, he threw 39.2 innings and Kd 25 with a 2.25 ERA as a freshman. He is 6’2″.
Round 28: Rian Bassett – Clark CC – RHP
Another big one at 6’5″ and I am not finding much on him yet. I did find some basketball video on him, though, and a couple of bullpen sessions.
Round 30: Montana Parsons – San Jacinto JC – RHP
In 2016, he had a 2.38 ERA in 13 starts. He struck out 74 in 64.1 IP. Nice projectable frame at 6’3″ and 180 pounds.
Six months later, I have a little different take on the five college arms and didn’t sign.
I think Cobb is the one who had the most to gain by going back to college. I really think you have to hand it to him for betting on himself. Going from reliever to a starter enhances his draft position and his wallet. I also like the fact that he’s at a high-profile school and will be easy to monitor his progress throughout the spring.
Parsons is in a similar boat because he will be attending Baylor. It should be easy to keep an eye on his jump from junior college to Division I. I am not quite sure on how he will do this year.
As for Jones, he is coming off an injury-plagued year. As a result, he may not pitch as much this year. So, if the Cubs do revisit redrafting him, he might not be pitch use this year. However, next year is a different stoBassettsett is in the same boat as Jones. Bassett might even be more interested in his basketball career than in his baseball one.
Parker Dunshee not signing was a mystery to me. Then again, round 14 money is not exactly the most enticing reason to leave college. This year, things could be different as a senior, he could move up into the top 10 rounds. On the other hand, he doesn’t hold as much leverage this year when it comes to contract negotiations.
The Cubs will go to any lengths to unearth starting pitching in this year’s draft. The leftovers from last year should be enticing follows through May. If I had to rank them in order of possibly redrafting, Cobb would be at the top of the list followed by Jones who is said to have a mid 90s fastball.
You never know about pitching. Anything can happen over the next six months.