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2013 mlb draftLast night’s opening rounds of the MLB Draft were exciting as the Cubs drafted Kris Bryant in the first round (more about him here) and Rob Zastryzny in the second round (more about him here) (and more about them both here), but that was just the tip of the drafting iceberg.

Today, the second day of the 2013 MLB Draft gets underway at 12pm CT, and will feature rounds 3 through 10, the end of the bonus pool rounds. (And, if that sentence makes no sense to you, see this Draft primer.) You can follow along online at MLB.com, which will be streaming the picks, or you can follow along here, as I’ll be updating the Cubs’ picks live.

Last year, the Cubs went pitching heavy on Day Two, and I tentatively expect the same today – although there are some intriguing high school prospects (including positional guys) who slipped out of the first two rounds. If the Cubs are feeling aggressive and overslot-y, they might be able to pounce right away.

Throughout today’s action, I reckon there will be a steady stream of salient thoughts dropped in the comments, on the Message Boardon Twitter (don’t forget to follow Luke as well), and on Facebook. So join in, wherever your preference for chatting might lie.

And away we go with the Cubs’ picks …

3rd Round: OF Jacob Hannemann, BYU. – A college outfielder is definitely not what you’d be expecting the Cubs to take here at the top of the third round, but this front office is sneaky and surprising. Hannemann was not a top 100 type player, and Baseball America had him all the way down at 214. It sounds like he was not expected to go until the 4th/5th round range. He’s technically just a freshman, despite being 22, because he just got back from a Mormon mission. He’s in school on a football scholarship, which makes you wonder if he might actually be a tough sign, even if he wasn’t projected to go this high. This is a surprise. He’s clearly a great athlete, and he was the Freshman of the Year in the WCC this year, so it’s not like he can’t play ball. The front office said they spent a ton of time on picks two and three in the Draft, so it’s fair to say that they got the guys they wanted in Hannemann and Zastryzny.

Keith Law suggests/speculates on Twitter that the Cubs had to take a couple underslot guys in the second and third rounds to save money to sign Bryant, which I find very hard to believe. Bryant was picked second overall, following an historic college season. In what way would he possibly have leverage to command more than $6.7 million (hell, more than $6 million) when the next slot was a million lower, and there is absolutely no way he’d risk going back to school when he was drafted second by a team willing to give him $6+ million? Don’t just say “Boras” to me, because that’s lazy. We’ll see, but I think Law is mistaken here. Or maybe I’m just hoping he is.

4th Round: RHP Tyler Skulina, Kent State. – A junior righty who transferred from Virginia, Skulina has some upside. A college arm is more what I was expecting from the Cubs in this range in the draft. Here’s what MLB.com says on Skulina: “Skulina played a key role in Kent State’s Cinderella run to the 2012 College World Series and has taken on an even bigger role this spring as the Golden Flashes ace. He relies on his fastball-curveball combination to attack hitters and isn’t afraid to challenge them. Skulina’s fastball sits in the low-90s and runs in on right-handers. His curveball has good break and should be a Major League average offering. He uses his 6-foot-5, 235-pound frame to create a good downhill plane for both pitches. Skulina needs to develop his changeup to reach his potential.” Baseball America actually had Skulina as the 73rd best prospect in the Draft. He struck out 102 batters in 93.2 innings of work this year.

5th Round: RHP Trey Masek, Texas Tech. – An interesting pick here, because Masek has the talent to be a top two round guy. But he’s had some shoulder issues, and there’s some concern about his durability, so he slid. MLB.com, which ranked Masek 67th overall, has this to say: “Masek had a very strong summer in the Cape Cod League and it was carrying over as Texas Tech’s Saturday starter, though some arm soreness in late March kept him out of action for a spell. Assuming health, the slightly undersized right-hander will show three pretty good pitches. He can run his fastball up to 94 mph, throws a solid curveball and has a good feel for a sinking changeup. His funky delivery adds deception to his stuff, though his command can be inconsistent. He gets high marks for his aggressiveness and poise on the mound. That, plus Masek’s size and injury history, have some thinking his future might be in a big league bullpen.” This is a legit pitching prospect, as exciting as Skulina or Zastrysny. Keith Law ranked him 89th, BP/Perfect Game had him 79th, and BA had him 49th.

I’m starting to wonder whether the Cubs’ strategy was to work very hard on picks two and three to find guys that (1) they liked very much, and (2) they could sign under slot. Taking that approach, the Cubs get guys they like who are borderline second/third round talents, but save money in a way that allows them to take legit talent in rounds five through ten, when every other team is just taking money-saving seniors. We’ll see how it plays out.

6th Round: RHP Scott Frazier, Pepperdine. – Yet another college player for the Cubs, they grab Pepperdine’s Friday starter (a junior). MLB.com says: “”The big right-hander served as Pepperdine’s Saturday starter in 2012, then moved into the Friday slot as a junior, continuing to show the big arm that has always intrigued scouts. His fastball sits in the 91-94 mph range, and he backs it up with a curve and changeup. He’s shown gradual improvement over time with the Waves and while his results as a junior have been up and down, he’s the kind of college arm that could sneak into the back end of the first round. After his sophomore season, Frazier pitched in the Cape Cod League to cap off 2012. Even with his uneven performances, his size and arm strength were still getting a lot of interest as the Draft approached.” Baseball America ranked him 160th, but MLB.com had him at 77th. Keith Law had him 79th. Seems like he was a potential top two round talent once again, but who fell after a rough season. This is not a “cheap” pick at all.

7th Round: RHP David Garner, Michigan State. – Another college pitcher. I love it. And it’s another legit talent (a junior), although he’s a smaller guy who may wind up in the pen. MLB.com: “At 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, David Garner’s size doesn’t intimidate hitters. However, his slight frame is not an indication of the power the right-hander possesses. Garner owns a fastball that can touch 95 mph, while his hard-breaking slider is his primary out-pitch. He has a free delivery and aggressive approach, and his electric stuff has led to 192 strikeouts in 217 2/3 innings pitched for Michigan State during his three years in East Lansing. At times, Garner can lose his control, as he walked 27 batters this year, while also hitting six and throwing 10 wild pitches. In his first two seasons at Michigan State, Garner was in and out of the rotation, but he made all 14 appearances as a starter during his junior year. He went 4-5 with a 4.10 ERA, lifting his career numbers to 15-12 and 3.97, respectively. Garner stood out in the Cape Cod League each of the past two summers, especially in 2012, when he was named to the West Division All-Star Team. In 43 1/3 innings for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, Garner registered 41 strikeouts and a 3.12 ERA, both of which were good for top 20 in the league. Before becoming a Spartan, Garner was drafted by the Reds in the 33rd round (No. 997 overall) of the 2010 Draft.” Garner was ranked 248 to Baseball America.

8th Round: LHP Sam Wilson, Lamar Community College. – College pitcher? Yes. College pitcher. He actually plays both ways, but folks see his future on the mound because he’s got decent velocity. A bit from MLB.com: “Wilson was drafted by the Rangers in the 20th round in 2010, but he chose to attend New Mexico. He was a two-way player as a freshman, but academic issues forced him to redshirt last season and he ultimately transferred to Lamar Community College this year. Wilson has continued as a two-way player for the Runnin’ Lopes, but his professional future is on the mound. He throws his fastball around 90 mph and he has touched 94 mph in the past. He also throws a curveball and a changeup, both of which have the potential to be Major League-average offerings. Wilson is athletic, has good size (he’s listed at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds) and repeats his delivery well.” He’s number 358 to Baseball America, and isn’t an obvious under slot type.

Although I applaud the Cubs’ strategy – taking value picks here in the later rounds because there are great talents available that other teams are passing on – I wouldn’t be surprised to see the next couple picks being college seniors.

9th Round: OF Charcer Burks, William B. Travis HS (TX). – Finally, a high school player. Burks is an athletic outfielder, but was not generally regarded as a top draft prospect. Although he’s not a college senior, I wonder if he’s a guy the Cubs have already lined up to sign to an under slot deal.

10th Round: RHP Zach Godley, Tennessee. – Another college pitcher, though this one is a senior. Godley put up decent numbers as a starter in a major conference, so he can probably play a bit (he just squeaked into BA’s top 500 at 487). But, this is very likely one of your standard senior signing picks to try and save a little pool money.

And Day Two of the Draft is at a close for the Chicago Cubs. We’ll have more on today’s picks in the coming days – and more live coverage of the Draft tomorrow – but the early reaction is definitely positive. It’ll be interesting to see how the money works out, and my largely-unknowledgeable take is that the Cubs are going to have to save some money on Bryant/Zastryzny/Hannemann at the top of the Draft in order to pay for some big-time over slot types tomorrow.

  • Whiteflag

    Is Denney signable at this point?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Seems like it’s going to take at least a couple million. Cubs could pull it off if they save a bit on Bryant and Zastryzny, overspend total pool by 5%, and save a little on later picks today.

      So, yes. It’s possible. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Astros take him right here, though.

      • Whiteflag

        Good to know. I’m thinking the FO doesn’t draft him, unless they feel he is sign-able. Just a few more anxious minutes :)

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      I think so, but he’ll need to be overslot.

      • North Side Irish

        Kiley McDaniel ‏@kileymcd 2m
        Hearing there may be a deal in place with Jon Denney & Royals if he gets to the 9th pick of the 3rd round. Will be above the $660,900 slot.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      My based-on-nothing third round guess for the Cubs is a college pitcher.

      • North Side Irish

        I’m hoping Bobby Wahl…

        • Josho

          as am I

    • wvcubsfan

      At this point I hope not. Would much rather he play college ball for my Razorbacks.

  • North Side Irish

    Callis just referred to Jones and Serrano as “all but unsignable”…

    • cjdubbya

      I don’t want Serrano anyway. Can’t hit a curveball.

      I’m sure this joke has never been made about this kid ever.

      • wvcubsfan

        Enough fastballs……………………….

      • DReese

        its not his fault its his bats fault. Not enough rum

      • JulioZuleta

        Straight ball he hits very much.

      • Tobias

        I bet Jesus can hit a curveball.

    • CubsfanMike

      Jones will not sign. I work with a parent from his team. Kid and parents set on UVA

  • gocatsgo2003

    Another question that is probably obvious, but to which I do not know the answer: While “pre-draft” negoations are technically against the rules (even if they likely happen all the time), are teams now allowed to negotiate agreements with any player before selecting them free from any restriction given that the draft has started?

    Seems to me that this plays heavily into the selections at the top of the order after off days in the draft schedule (early in the second and eleventh).

    • gocatsgo2003

      Woops… third round.

  • Josho

    My guess is Bobby Wahl with our pick

  • ABK

    Does this feel like Christmas to anyone else but me? I love this stuff…

    • Whiteflag

      Not just you. I think its the feeling MLB is trying to create. They have had snow flake like graphics flowing during the pre-draft show. Weird…

  • Saving grace

    wahl has velocity issues and relies to heavily on one pitch when in trouble.Its why he is slipping
    Hope they dont take him
    I want the hs lefty with the heat

  • wvcubsfan

    Come on Wahl

  • Blank

    Ranked 214 on BA.

  • bbmoney

    Cubs love FB players.

  • wvcubsfan

    Wow a CF from BYU………….a little older…..little bit of a “reach”…….diamond in the rough type maybe?

  • Doug Gray

    WTF?!?!

  • North Side Irish

    #214 on the BA list….

  • Whiteflag

    “Reached” on second and third round. Yikes will this be a good or bad thing?

  • Dustin S

    MLB writeup on Hanneman…

    Hannemann is only a freshman, but don’t let that fool you. The two-sport standout went on his Mormon mission before heading to college, making him 22 years old. Also a football player, Hannemann has some athletic tools to work with, even if they are a bit raw. The WCC Freshman of the Year hit well in his first taste of college ball, impressive considering he hadn’t played in two years. He has the chance to hit and run well and could be a solid center field prospect for a team willing to be patient.

    • ABK

      Interesting, especially the patience caveat. As Brett/Luke had written, I too thought that the Cubs were going for more majors ready players. Perhaps that’s not the case.

  • forlines

    O….k…. not what I was expecting in the least

  • North Side Irish

    Chris Crawford ‏@CrawfordChrisV 1m
    Had a fifth round grade on Hannemann, don’t understand that pick.

    • Dustin S

      Agree it’s kind of a head-scratcher.

  • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Since we have Almora and Ha, we’re going to be that patient team?

  • #1lahairfan

    I don’t get this pick at all.

  • Rebuilding

    I guess it’s nice to know that Jim Callis thinks this guy is #214, but are people really basing their reactions on where BA has this guy ranked? If Jim Callis was better than Jason McLeod at judging talent than I’m sure Theo would have hired him at a significantly higher salary than what he makes at BA. Come on guys. If you’ve seen the kid play than by all means tell us if you think he sucks. But let’s not just base it on one man’s opinion

    • Rebuilding

      Please remember that any guy whose ranking you see or is tweeting instant reactions is a guy that 30 front offices have not deemed worthy to give a job

      • Matty Ice

        Kieth Law gets offers to join MLB teams every year, but turns them down because he makes more money doing what he does now. I’m sure it the same for most of those guys.

        • Dynastyin2017

          Says Keith Law.

        • bbmoney

          Not sure he really makes more money, but I bet he gets to spend more time with his family.

        • JulioZuleta

          Hah, false. He was reportedly offered some position with Toronto, once. Remember, Law say Puig was not a major leaguer as little at maybe, 2 months ago.

          • Matty Ice

            Hah, false. Law was hired by the Blue Jays in 2002 and made it all the way to Special assistant to the GM before he decided to join ESPN.

            Also Ken Rosenthal reported that Law interviewed for a number of front office positions with the Houston Astros, including the title of Scouting Director. But Law decided to remain with ESPN in order to spend more time with his family.

            • JulioZuleta

              Don’t believe everything you read. If Keith Law made more money doing what he does now, why don’t established scouting directors that would be much better at that job take it?

    • Kyle

      We could have saved a lot of money putting together a brain trust of some of the best, most exciting young baseball minds in the game and just bought a subscription to BA. Or maybe just their draft issue.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        There are a lot of comments already, so I may have missed it, but I’m not seeing where anyone is pissed about the pick specifically because of the BA ranking. It’s a data point.

        • Kyle

          Sometimes the Crushing Fist of Logic gets some practice punches in on strawmen. Gotta keep in shape.

        • Rebuilding

          Well, the #214 was brought up before “reached” and “don’t get this pick at all” and are we already trying to underslot. That, in conjunction with a lot of comments regarding our 2nd round pick, leads me to believe a lot of people are looking at BA and saying – this or that pick sucks! I very much doubt 99.9% of the people here have seen the kid play

          • Rebuilding

            Said another way – how would people questioning the pick have any idea other than he was ranked lower than where we picked him? I get it in the football/basketball draft where people have seen the kids multiple times and have an opinion. Has anyone here actually ever tuned into a BYU baseball game?

  • gocatsgo2003

    Are we heading directly into “under-slot signing” territory with an eye on guys who drop later in the draft?

  • ABK
    • ABK

      “General manager Theo Epstein, the architect of the championship Boston teams who now works for the Chicago Cubs, apparently marveled at Hannemann’s fluidness. He could look better going 0-for-5 than some players that go 5-for-5, Howard recounts Epstein saying.”

  • Oswego Chris

    Dis Sam Zell buy the team back overnight?

  • North Side Irish

    Conor Glassey ‏@conorglassey 5m
    #Cubs 3rd rdr BYU CF Jacob Hannemann is one of my favorite sleepers in this year’s draft. Jacoby Ellsbury comps, which Theo knows all about.

  • Blank

    From the Daily Herald:

    “General manager Theo Epstein, the architect of the championship Boston teams who now works for the Chicago Cubs, apparently marveled at Hannemann’s fluidness. He could look better going 0-for-5 than some players that go 5-for-5, Howard recounts Epstein saying.”

    • DarthHater

      [img]http://weknowmemes.com/generator/uploads/generated/g1370627645521154830.jpg[/img]

  • macpete22

    Cubs scouted him extensively

  • itzscott

    I wonder if they shot their wad on Bryant and don’t have the money to spread around on actual graded round picks.

  • dan

    goodbye Amora your just a trade chip now !!

  • Dustin S

    Hannemann stats for those interested…guessing the Cubs just weren’t excited at all by the available pitchers in this range.

    http://byusportscamps.com/athlete-stats/m-baseball/game-by-game/97453

  • cubchymyst

    It sounds like a quite a few talented kids are slipping due to sign-ability. Maybe the cubs are looking to save money with players they know are signable in rounds 3-10. Then take the over slot shots in the latter rounds that way they don’t lose any pool money on. Although at that point anything over 100,000 counts against your pool so they need significant savings to get a hard to sign player at that point.

  • DReese

    I do not understand this pick. If he is a hard sign they risk losing his slot money so this is not a money saving strategy

    • JulioZuleta

      Don’t try to understand it. We know absolutely zero about the kid, his demands, the budgetary implications, or what the Cubs saw in him. Trying to understand the circumstances surrounding a pick that you never heard of until 6 minutes ago is a fool’s task.

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