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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.

  • DReese

    I think they are taking a break?

  • North Side Irish

    Last year rounds 6-10 were full of college seniors and low bonus guys. Love to see the Cubs try to grab a higher ranked guy here, but won’t be surprised if they wait. I really hope they’re planning to grab a tough sign at 11.2 to try and find money for…

  • macpete22

    Scott Frazier from Pepperdine

  • DReese

    BA ranks him 160 so that is about right

  • North Side Irish

    Chris Crawford ‏@CrawfordChrisV 16s
    Very good value by the Cubs for Frazier this late.

  • http://www.hookersorcake.com Hookers or Cake

    MLB had Frazier #77 overall

  • Matt

    Boldt, Connor Jones, Cavan Biggio, Wagner, Gerrett Williams, Matt Boyd, and a whole lot of other solid prospects still there for the taking.

    • gocatsgo2003

      … if you think you can sign them.

    • Matt

      I have a feeling the Cubs have some room saved up. At least one or two of those guys would be able to be signed by them.

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    The FO seems to be taking a very smart approach to the draft (surprise). This draft was said to be top heavy. A few were sticking with slot or above rds 1-3. The Cubs went slot / barely below next 2 rds on people they liked to save some. Now the Cubs are picking legitimate talent when very few can with a legit chance at signing. Liking it.

  • EricR

    Yep. I think it’s for sure that the FO feels we’re weak at the top of the farm. These picks aren’t the type to linger in low-A for long.

  • Timothy Scarbrough

    Sounds like your strategy comment was spot on Brett.

  • Rich H

    If Team Theo did draft underslot in rounds 2/3 to get tough signs here through 10 this is going to be a nice draft indeed.

    • BluBlud

      They may have drafted underslot, but I don’t think they drafted under-talent. The two guys they took in the 2nd and 3rd rounds are still legit players. They may or May not makeit, but that can be said about any prospect.

      • Rich H

        Oh I agree just talking strait money.

  • DReese

    And to think I doubted this FO after the 2nd and 3rd round picks.

    I am sorry, I will never doubt again.

  • DReese

    Matt Boyd is gone

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

    This FO can’t get enough Scotts.

    • DarthHater

      New Cubs logo:

      [img]http://www.rab.com/public/rst/graphic/3_ogo.jpg.jpeg[/img]

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

        Haha! Perfect.

  • #1lahairfan

    Stuart Turner or Spencer Navin in the 7nth round.

    • Gcheezpuff

      Turner was drafted in the 3rd round by the twins

      • #1lahairfan

        That makes sense. Thanks.

  • another JP

    “Here comes the waves of pitching talent we’ve been waiting for…”

    Right on cue- we just draft Frazier from the Waves :)

  • #1lahairfan

    Mitch Garver has not been drafted yet.

  • JB88

    Lots of interesting HS talent still on the board.

  • Matt

    Is James Dykstra related to Lenny? I mean, Dykstra can’t be that common of a last name.

    • bbmoney

      Clearly you don’t live near me. Pretty common last name in west michigan

  • DaveY

    White Sox take James Dykstra, I wonder if he’s related to Lenny.

    • ETS

      Shrug, there’s 2 family of Dykstra that went to my HS and I’m no where near california.

  • North Side Irish

    Jordan Bernfield ‏@JordanBernfield 1m
    #Cubs fans: Jason McLeod will be joining me on #CubsWeekly this Sunday to run down the team’s top draft picks. @ProfessorParks too.

    Should be good stuff…

  • BluBlud

    I wouldn’t be suprised if the Cubs work out some sort of “Deal” with bryant to fast pace him, and maybe give him an early Cup of tea, with the promise that if he plays well enough, he could stay up. I don’t when that will be, but it’s possible. I look for Bryant to sign for considerably less then what we all think he would sign for. The players they are drafting now are not going to come cheap.

    • ETS

      Rounds 2 and 3 will sign underslot.

      • BluBlud

        I agree. They Draft the best player in the draft, IMO, and he takes less, then they draft 2 other players over the next 2 rounds who are good players, but that they can sign for less, the Cubs may have saved themselves $1.5- maybe $2 million to spend over slot on 4-10, and like Kyle suggested, maybe on 11.

    • gocatsgo2003

      Why would the Cubs agree to that? What leverage does Bryant have — “oh yeah, well, I could go back to college and try to be the FIRST pick”?

      I think he will likely sign for under-slot money, but not for those reasons.

      • BluBlud

        Why wouldn’t they agree to it. If all I have to do to get you to sign for less is promise that I will call you up no later then say, September, 2014, basicly for a try out, and you help me save money so I can sign significantly better talent in the next 9 rounds then I could other wise, then that is a no brainer. Even more so for a guy who is expected to be close to ready by then anyway.

        • gocatsgo2003

          Because this front office is very cognizant of keeping control of players in a cost-effective manner. Bringing him up to the Bigs that quickly would almost certainly qualify him for Super Two status and we could be arbitration’d out of his prime years (which Theo seems to hold very dear).

          • BluBlud

            Um, how would bringing a guy up in September make him a super 2. I suspect if Bryant plays the way he is capable, we’ll see him in September, 2014 anyway. So why wouldn’t they promise him a September Tryout, essentially, if it saves them the extra $1+ million dollars between slot 2 and 3. If he is called up in September, he’ll be eligible for Arb not sooner then 2017, if he comes up in Sept 2014, then is sent back down to iowa until around June, 2015, then he’s not eligible until after 2018.

            • gocatsgo2003

              Just revealed my lack of in-depth knowledge regarding service time, service clocks, etc. Either way, doesn’t seem likely to me.

  • Kevin

    If the Cubs pay overslot money for Bryant I’ll be upset. Most mock drafts had him at #3 and that’s what he should get. The Cubs overpaid for their 1st round pick represented by Boras last year. If Boras squeezes us again the “Cubs Way” will stay away from players represented by Boras in the future.

  • North Side Irish

    Someone on this board has been pimping for David Gardner the past few weeks…can’t remember who though.

  • Carew

    David Garner MSU

  • JB88

    Who was the guy on here pushing for the MSU pitcher the other day? Whoever that was, looks like he’s going to be thrilled with the Cubs’ 7th round selection.

  • Rich H

    Didn’t someone say he was going to be going to the Cubs the other day?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yes. Someone definitely did.

  • Austin

    For awhile I’ve been saying David Garnder and they just picked him.

    • JB88

      Are you a Michigan Man for life?

      • Austin

        Sorry not quite sure what you mean by that Q.

        • JB88

          It was a fairly obscure reference, I’ll admit that. Whoever was big on Gardner was a UM grad. I believe it was David Terrell who famously uttered these words back when the Bears played in Champaign for a season when Soldier Field was being renovated.

          • Austin

            That’s what I thought you meant but wasn’t sure and didn’t want to look dumb if I was wrong. I’m not a UM grad but I am a huge UM fan. Unless someone else was talking about Gardner than I’m probably the person you are talking about as I had said his name in probably 4-6 stories over the last month and half or so.

  • macpete22

    Was hoping we snatched Konner Wade but seems like Garner could move quickly

  • Matt

    Looks like a little guy with good stuff. Kind of like a Cliff Politte. Hopefully can be effective for longer though.

    • Josho

      What about Roy Oswalt? Fair comp I’d say.

      • bbmoney

        Just bc he’s small?

      • BluBlud

        Maybe Tim Lincecum

      • Matt

        Could just as well be. The control thing is what reminded me of Politte, because his effectiveness really came and went with his control. Who knows, he could be like another Oswalt though, it’s a very fair comparison. Of course I’m sure he doesn’t have the stuff of those guys (yet?).

      • DaveY

        Hayden Simpson was compared to Oswalt.

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