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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.

  • EricR

    Also, Henry Blanco is available. :)

  • Matt

    Next pick isn’t far off, I’m going to guess a LHP this time, one with more velocity, but maybe fewer pitches right now.

    • BleedingCubbieBlue

      You thinking Matt boyd

    • Matt

      Yeah, he’s one of the people I’m looking at right now, probably the best choice of them.

  • The Dude Abides

    I think with Hannemann they think they are getting the next Scuzer, a two sport player with leverage that allows him to get more $$ than he probably deserves.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Trey Masek RHP Texas Tech

  • Matt

    Not quite what I expected, but a RHP, not a power arm, but it looks like he has a reasonable arsenal.

  • KidCubbie

    Masek sounds very Casy Coleman like to me.

    • KidCubbie

      *Casey

  • DReese

    Baseball America ranked Masek #49

  • North Side Irish

    Chris Crawford ‏@CrawfordChrisV 2m
    Really like the Masek pick by the Cubs. Four average pitches, thought he’d go two rounds earlier.

  • Rich H

    For all you ranking guys BA has him at 49. So we may have just seen the reason they went underslot in 2nd/3rd round.

  • Blank
    • DarthHater

      Okay, this guy’s gonna be entertaining to have around. At least until the FO shuts down his Twitter account.

      • Whiteflag

        :)

      • Dan

        It was already taken down. What did I miss?

        • DarthHater

          Too funny

        • DarthHater

          Here it is:

          [img]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5347/8981084834_e6656c3e87_o.jpg[/img]

  • BleedingCubbieBlue

    Chris okey next round?

    • Superman

      I want Chris Okey so bad!!!!! Athletic for sure and could stay behind the plate or play all over the diamond. I hope they get him for sure.

      • Doug Gray

        He’s going to go to Clemson.

  • Jorbert Solmora

    Carlos Salazar seems like a solid pick if he falls to us next round.

    • BleedingCubbieBlue

      Or Garrett Williams?

      • Jorbert Solmora

        I like that too. I just have a feeling a hs pitcher is coming.

  • Josho

    Is the 6th the time to risk for Bobby Wahl?

    • DReese

      I would do that in rounds 11 and after because he seems like a hard sign and you don’t wanna lose your slot money

      • Josho

        Good point. Only stopping that from happening is the Astros who could be thinking the same

      • Kyle

        Yes. I’d expect the Cubs to take a tough sign in the 11th.

      • Timothy Scarbrough

        You still lose it for any bonus over 100,000.

        • Kyle

          The big difference in the 11th is that you don’t lose any pool money if you don’t sign the guy.

          So you can take a tough sign in the 11th and try to save enough money to sign him with your first 10 picks, but if you don’t, no loss.

          • Timothy Scarbrough

            Yeah, I hadn’t thought of that. I don’t like the hard-ish cap on draft spending.

      • cubchymyst

        anything over 100,000 counts against your pool after round 10. might be better to take him in round 8 or 9 so you don’t have to worry about saving as much money on those picks to sign him, and if he doesn’t sign you don’t loose as large of an amount of your pool as if you tried in rounds 5 or 6.

    • Superman

      I am baffled about Bobby Wahl. I thought he would go the latest the 2nd round. Starting to think he maybe hard to sign. By the way Serrano is not likely to sign which is why he was not drafted. Going to Tenn. to play for his Dad. In case anyone wanted to know.

  • DaveY

    My new favorite K.C. Royal, Amalani Fukofuka. I can’t wait to see him beat the white sox…

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    Masek is simply a great pick in Round 5.

    • BluBlud

      Luke, I don’t know a lot of these guys, but I do know this one. My cousin is a huge texas tech fan. I dont know why since he is from NC and never lived any where else. This guy is legit. He will end up as the best pitcher that we drafted.

    • Superman

      No doubt. Cannot believe they nabbed him that late.

  • Patrick G

    How bout Buck Farmer for our next pick? He’ll challenge Shoulders for best names and make sure you don’t mix up first and last name letters

    • DaveY

      Buck? He’s no Fukofuka….

    • http://thenewenthusiast.com dw8

      I prefer A.J. Puk

      • DaveY

        Puk him… I’d love to see Bud Selig announce “With the eighth pick in the fifth round.. the Kansas City Royals select Amalani Fukofuka…”

      • DaveY

        but if he changed his name to Pukopuka…

  • jt

    Wonder if Theo/Jed will now try to extend Garza with language similar to that used to sign Lackey? That is to say, if Garza develops problems related to last years vacation the team would get an extra year at lg min. They could then wait a bit longer for Arodys, Johnson and Underwood to develop while trading for pitching talent in the lower levels of the minor lg’s instead of almost ML ready.

    • Cyranojoe

      Garza would never go for that.

  • Patrick G

    Is AJ Vanegas still available? Dude can get it up there

  • Eric

    ABTY at PSD said 2 and 3 were underslot so while everyone else goes 10k underslot in rounds 7-10 we go overslot the rest of the way 6-10. So expect some legit talent. What a well played strategy if true.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    I can’t believe Ryan Boldt is still on the board. His knee injury must be pretty bad.

    • Josho

      At this point, teams probably dont think they can sign him.

  • another JP

    Quite strong draft thus far- the Masek pick is great from a value standpoint as he was the best available ranked college arm available after day one. That’s 3 college arms with varying records of success taken in the first five rounds. Here comes the waves of pitching talent we’ve been waiting for…

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Soto C from Pitt would fit nicely here. Switch hitter with very good arm. Also like Savas RHP from Illinois State & Leyden HS. He is big boy and throws hard with good command.

    • kenster

      I went to high school with Dan Savas. Hes a big guy but he wasnt as good as Jonathan Weaver was at Leyden who was a year older and got drafted out of hs by the white sox in 17th rd. He then went on to not sign and struggled is with arm injuries in college.

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    There goes Wahl.

  • jason seahorn

    Wahl gone

  • DReese

    A’s take wahl

  • #1lahairfan

    Jeremy Martinez has not been drafted yet.

  • North Side Irish

    Jay (IN)
    Cubs 4th/5th round choices of Skulina/Masek: solid value?

    Klaw (2:56 PM)
    Skulina’s got a huge arm, good value at that round. Masek was on my top 100, future reliever but a solid one.

  • Cubbie Blues

    I think the draft just hit a Wahl.

  • #1lahairfan

    Stuart Turner has not been drafted yet.

  • Le Cubs

    How long til cubs next pick?

    • DReese

      next 2 min

    • Rich H

      5 min delay then 2 minutes

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