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.

  • #1lahairfan

    Spencer Navin and Mitch Garver tommorrow please.

    • nkniacc13

      Id like Jake Brentz

    • chirogerg

      I <3 Navin

      • Cedlandrum

        Navin is a very good kid and a very smart ball player. It would be really great if the Cubs took him.

  • nkniacc13

    Id be surprised if rd 11 isn’t a hs p and a tough sign unless the cubs basically had agreements and just move $ around in top 10 and I doubt that. I could see them having almost every pick as under slot because of where they were taken

  • Dustin S

    Godley doesn’t look too bad for a 10th rounder.

  • nkniacc13

    how much $ could the cubs have saved so far? 2 mil?

  • Cyranojoe

    Always amazes me how much commentary — and specific stuff — we get from folks in the draft threads. (OK, it amazed me last year and this year.) Lots of folks who don’t normally post pop in. It’s kind of cool, even though I never have anything to add, LOL.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com frank hutch

    Steve stone said he suspects cubs will shop castro now after picking bryant

    • TWC

      Steve Stone is a jagload.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        That certainly is a silly comment for Stone to make. Keith Moreland was making the more sensible observation that the effects of this draft won’t be felt at the MLB level for a couple of years at least.

        • TWC

          Yeah, when Moreland sounds sensible, you know you’re a lost cause.

        • Rich H

          When you already have an agenda against the Cubs every comment you say about them has to be viewed through that lens. So yes to Stone it makes sense for the Cubs to trade Castro now because he never wants anyone associated with the Cubs to be successful. So why not put the idea out there so that when it doesn’t happen he can say they should have and when it does happen he can say “idiot Cubs will never win”.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com frank hutch

        so are you

        • TWC

          That’s some pretty weak sauce, Frankie.

          • Jp3

            I like Steve Stone BUT!!! If he said that, TWC is 100% accurate😀and hilarious

    • Die hard

      In his defense he knows Castro belongs at 3B or OF… Would trade him for excellent fielder who saves run a game with glove which is more than Castro produces with bat

      • TWC

        Troll, troll, troll…

        Keep tilting at windmills, kid. You’ll get ’em eventually.

        • Die hard

          Calling someone a troll only highlights your inability to think of something logical to say— as calling someone a liberal or conservative because you disagree — just disagree that’s all — no need for name calling you ignorant ass licking troll … That does feel good tho… Just may do it more often in your case

          • TWC

            I’m not calling you a troll, I’m describing your actions. You regularly have *nothing* legitimate to say, and instead pull absolute nonsense out of your ass and wipe your fingers across this comment section for the sole purpose of stirring up responses. Most of the time I think your schtick is amusing, especially when you embarrass yourself with your unreasoned and illogical posts. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinions — even you to yours. But that doesn’t mean that you’re entitled to your own set of facts.

            • Die hard

              If I am so wrong how’d I call the Bryant pick cause Wrigley wind flow to change with Jumbotron Green Monster requiring need for hitting over pitching as games to be more 10-8 than 3-2

              • Cyranojoe

                Troll enough crap at the wall, some of it will stick…

              • BWA

                Literally had a 1 in 3 odds on that one. Lucky guess cuz you didn’t know any better than the rest of us. Not to mention, if the cubs had the choice they would have taken Appel.

            • Cyranojoe


      • DocPeterWimsey

        Hell, I’d trade anybody for a player who could save a run a game with his fielding. That would be a dWAR of approximately 16.2! Oddly, Fangraphs does not list any such players…..

        (By comparison, Barney’s dWAR of 2+ last year suggested 20+ runs saved: and Barney is a pretty good fielder!)

        • Die hard

          Ozzie Smith was close

          • TWC

            Not even remotely true.

            Another opinion pulled out of your ass. If you ate more fiber you wouldn’t have to keep jamming your fingers up there.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            Not remotely. Smith’s best year (1989), he was estimated to have saved 32 runs. Even that year was freakish: he had 3 other years with 20 or 21 runs saved. (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smithoz01-field.shtml) The big issue was that Smith was nowhere near as good on the road (more probably, on grass) as he was at home (or on astroturf).

            Keep in mind that preventing a run requires preventing multiple outs: after all, most of the “extra” outs that a fielder makes would not have created a run, anyway. Being able to deprive the opposition of 20 runs over a year is really big, however: that’s (on average) 2 wins a year. Very, very few players have that much influence on a season by fielding.

  • Die hard

    Was my 2nd choice after Tidrow for GM– thems fighting words

    • Rich H

      Wow Stone as GM and Sandberg as manager? That would have lasted 30 seconds. Stone can’t keep his pie hole shut and Sandberg has no patience for blow hards.

      • Die hard

        That’s why Tidrow first choice

  • Oswego Chris

    Steve Stone is such an expert that after almost 30 years of trying to get into a baseball front office job, he is doing color for an irrelevant team…yes, he knows baseball very well…but me thinks something is lacking in the personality department that he never landed that front office gig…

    • Rich H

      Personally I think it is an ego thing. He never wanted to do the Randy Bush thing and pay his dues in a front office. He wanted to throw his opinions and incite at them from afar.Then step in to the big chair if is ever offered to him.

      • Die hard

        He’s still very knowledgable and had sources– who’s to say he wasn’t quoting what a well placed source told him

        • Rich H

          Most guys who are using insider info normally acknowledge it in some way.

          I am not saying he is not true in his criticism or even isn’t extremely knowledgeable about the inner workings of an organization. What I am saying is that he never wanted to do the leg work to be the head of an organization. Stone would rather sit up in the press box where all the fans can tell him how great he is than go out and do the heavy lifting even as an AGM to show he was qualified.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            Indeed, I named my first yacht Der Eingeweihter for that reason! Oh, wait: you are talking about a different sort of insider info….

            • Rich H

              I am still shaking my head. An hour later.

  • David

    I’m not a fan of Stone, but I agree with him. I think he’ll “get shopped” this winter. I don’t think he’s a Theo guy.

    • Die hard

      Agree… No Bellyfire

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    Hell no he’s not a the prototype of what they look for. And we have to be a little more realistic about Castro. They came in and took a very aggressive 300-310 hitter with a relative low OBP because he wouldn’t walk, tried to recreate the way he approaches a PA and it’s been a real failure to date. No one at least is realistically trying to argue Castro is HOF material or Jeter now, but while I still consider myself a Theo guy, I think they need to seriously rethink the hitting coach and what they are doing with Castro or trade him. He’s not going to ever make his living as a GG SS, so if they continue try to manage his head with the same effect, they are doing everyone an injustice.

    • SenorGato

      Relatively Castro was putting up OBPs 8-9% better than league average in 2010 and ’11. I think they want more power.

  • Jank

    We should trade Castro, fire Theo, and hire Steve Stone to do color commentary again.

    • AB

      Blow Hard’s dream come true.

      Actually human physiology expert Blow Hard’s dream isn’t Castro being traded, its Castro being demoted, and forced to run 10+ hours a day on a treadmill because it’s impossible for a 23-y/o to gain 10 pounds in 3 years.

      • Jank

        You make it sound so sexy.

  • SenorGato

    The senior stigma is going to go away slowly post-Appel, I think/hope. This 2nd round pick is already 22 himself.

    I really like Fraizer as a development arm and Masek at his best has an impressive fastball/curve combo. Seems everyone is st least a little interesting.

    Did Tyler Webb, LHP USC, get drafted? I should check.

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