Draft Prep – Which New Guys Are Coming Into the Cubs’ Sights?

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It always happens. Every year, there are a few players who just shoot up draft boards and a few players who fall right before the draft. With just five days left before the draft, movement is sure to continue. Half of the mock drafts I looked at yesterday have UCLA outfielder Garrett Mitchell going to the Cubs. Then again, a lot can change between now and next Wednesday. That change will directly impact who the Cubs take next week.

Clayton Beeter – RHP – Texas Tech – 6’2”, 220 lbs.
The youngster from Texas Tech is a redshirt sophomore who is flying up most boards. A month ago, he was probably a second round pick at best. Now, the right hander armed with a 97 mile an hour fastball has made his way into the low 20s on some boards. While he did miss all of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, he did come back and play last summer in the California Collegiate League. It is also said that he has an above average slider.

Kyle Nicolas – RHP – Ball State – 6’4” 225 lbs
On Tuesday this week, it was pretty hot out so I spent a good portion of the early afternoon watching some video on some guys. I came away loving what Nicholas did for Ball State. He’s got an excellent frame at 6‘4“ and he can hum it up there in the high 90s. He also has some good Rapsodo numbers when it comes to spin rates . As well, his slider usually sits between 84 to 87 and that is also considered an out pitch. He’s a long shot for the Cubs in the first round, but he would not be out of place. He definitely has first round potential, just not first round experience.

Masyn Winn – RHP/SS – Kingwood, Texas – 5’11” 180 lbs – Bats and Throws Right
He is a two-way player who has seen his stock jump quite a bit the last month. He’s gone from a late second round pick now to a late first round pick. Most scouts like him better as a pitcher than as a shortstop. The fact that he can get it up to 98 right now leads credence to that belief.

Ian Seymour – LHP – Virginia Tech – 6’0” 210 lbs
The 6’1” lefty from Virginia Tech is starting to climb the ladder on draft boards. One reason is he left-handed and, two, he has a really funky delivery that is also quite deceptive. He might be a reach for a first round pick, but he would be good value in the second. Seymour sat at 93 to 94 this spring.

Zach DeLoach – OF – Texas A&M – 6’2” 210 lbs – Bats Left, Throws Right
I know I’ve talked about him before but he was originally a guy who was ranked in the 50s and then slipped a lot and now he’s rising back up. He had a very poor spring in 2019 and then he came out of his shell in the Cape Cod League as he was one of the best hitters there last summer. He was hitting over .400 with a .600+ on base percentage when the season ended this year. The thing I love about him is that he prefers a wood bat to an aluminum one.

Justin Foscue – 2B – Mississippi State – 6’ 197 lbs – Bats and Throws Right
I really like this kid and I have for a couple of months. He used to be slotted as a late second round pick. He can play third base as well as his normal position at second and he’s got a potential for 20 home run power without much work. If the Cubs do take him, it is not that very big of a reach, but he will have some work to do on his approach coming up through the system.

Over the next five days, there will be more and more mock drafts right up through Wednesday afternoon. The quality of talent that the Cubs can get in this year‘s draft is quite good. They should be getting guys who can have an impact on the minor league system next year even in the fourth round this year. And if the scouts have done their job, the Cubs could sign several non-drafted free agents in the days after, which probably is going to turn into a free-for-all.

I will be back with more draft content all next week and I will be blogging live on both Wednesday and Thursday night.

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