The first 10 rounds are in the books for the Chicago Cubs’ 2019 Draft, and now they get to take some swings that are not tied to their bonus pool – if you don’t sign a kid from Rounds 11 through 40, there’s no harm no foul. (And you can sign them for up to $125,000 without it counting against your bonus pool in any case.)
Round 11 (342): Mack Chambers (Seminole State), SS
Chambers is a switch-hitting middle-infielder slashing .404/.488/.665 through 53 games (203 at-bats) this season.
Round 12 (372): Hunter Bigge (Harvard), RHP
Bigge is a 6’0″, 205 lbs right-handed pitcher from Havard, who’s struggled a bit this season (4.58 ERA through 74.2 IP), but was pretty solid last year (3.03 ERA) and gets a lot of strikeouts (9.05 K/9 for his college career). According to Baseball America, he’s got a fastball in the 94-96 MPH range, but is likely to end up as a reliever – especially if he can’t find some better command. Bigge ranked 395 among the BA Top-500 draft prospects.
Round 13 (402): Porter Hodge (Cottonwood HS), RHP
Hodge is a 6’4″ right-handed pitcher out of a Cottonwood High School in Utah. He’s currently committed to the University of Utah after going 11-3 with a 1.80 ERA through 81.2 IP. I can’t know for sure just yet, but Hodge certainly feels like one of the guys who may need an over-slot bonus to lure him away from college.
Round 14 (432): Ryan Reynolds (University of Texas), 3B
Reynolds is a 6’2″, 215 lbs third baseman out of the University of Texas. As a Junior last season, Reynolds was the only Texas player to start every game and he ended the year with an equal number of walks and strikeouts (30). He hit .272 with a .394 OBP last season with 4 HRs and 11 doubles in 54 games.
Round 15 (462): Zach Bryant (Jacksonville University), RHP
Zach Bryant, a right-handed reliever, is a 6’1″ 210 lbs Junior out of Florida. He appeared in 28 games as a reliever and recorded 12 saves (t-second most in school history) last year. Opposing batters hit just .182 against him and he finished with a 12.77 K/9 last season. Before his time at Jacksonville, Bryant pitched two years at Daytona State College, where he struck out 94 batters in 87.2 IP over two seasons.
Cubs draft, Rounds 11–15: JC SS Mack Chambers, Harvard SP Hunter Bigge, HS SP Porter Hodge, Texas 3B Ryan Reynolds, JaxU RP Zach Bryant.
We’ll see about the signability of Chambers, a speedy infielder, and Hodge, a large-bodied pitcher. Bigge was good in Northwoods last summer.
— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) June 5, 2019
Round 16 (492): Johzan Oquendo (Leadership Christian Academy), RHP
Might be a tougher sign, as he is a youngster who can already fire it.
Round 17 (522): Tanner Dalton (Sacramento State), RHP
His club reached the NCAA regionals, ultimately falling to Stanford. That was the end of Dalton’s college career, as he’s now a senior who’ll try his hand at pro ball. He started and relieved this year, striking out 67 in 59.0 innings of work.
Round 18 (552): Alex Moore (Lander U.), RHP
Another big senior righty, Moore didn’t put up obviously impressive numbers, so this is a scouting play.
Round 19 (582): Adam Laskey (Duke), LHP
It looks like Laskey was a more significant prospect coming out of high school, but has struggled at Duke and dealt with shoulder issues this year. As a junior, Laskey may opt to return to school.
Round 20 (612): Darius Hill (West Virginia), OF
Hill, a lefty-batting senior, consistently hit throughout his career at WVU (.323/.378/.482), showing just a little more power his senior year. He struck out only slightly more often than he walked, a hallmark of what this front office likes to try to find in these later-round positional college picks.
Cubs draft, Rounds 16-20: P.R. RHP Johzan Oquendo, SacState RP Tanner Dalton, LanderU SP Alex Moore, Duke SP Adam Laskey, WVU OF Darius Hill.
First outfielder comes in 20th round! Cubs get another Dukie, though he and Oquendo would be questionable signs from this group.
— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects) June 5, 2019
Round 21 (642): Nelson Maldonado (Florida), OF
A smaller senior, Maldonado put up only so-so numbers for the Gators his first three years, and then kinda blew up this season with a whopping .343/.408/.575 line, leading the team. Very interesting pick.
Round 22 (672): Elian Almanzar (Florence-Darlington Tech), RHP
From MLB.com: “Almanzar, a right-hander at Florence-Darlington Tech, has a great build on the mound. The 6-foot-4 righty has a fastball that reaches 95 mph and an average breaking ball, though he sometimes lacks consistent command with his secondary pitch. Almanzar will need to improve his ability to attack the strike zone at the next level.”
Round 23 (702): Manny Collier (Westwood HS, AZ), OF
A three-sport athlete in high school, Collier is currently committed to South Mountain Community College (junior college), so if he doesn’t sign, he’d be draft eligible again next year.
Round 24 (732): Grayson Byrd (Clemson), IF
Round 25 (762): Zac Taylor (Illinois), OF
Round 26 (792): Jacob Olson (South Carolina), IF
A trio of college senior position players for the Cubs – get the guys who can hit, and see what’s what when they start working with wood bats.
Round 27 (822): Cayne Ueckert (McNeese State), RHP
Round 28 (852): Chris Kachmar (Lipscomb), RHP
A couple more big senior pitchers for the Cubs.
— #ASUNBSB⚾ (@ASUNBSB) May 22, 2019
Round 29 (882): Jake Washer (East Carolina), C
A senior catcher – something the Cubs take every year around this range in the draft, because you need to get these kinds of guys into the system for a variety of reasons. And you never know, sometimes they wind up developing into usable back-ups.
Round 30 (912): Bryan King (McNeese State), LHP
A 6’1″ and 184 lbs senior out of McNeese State. King had a 4.00 GPA and was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 6 Baseball First Team. As a freshman in 2016, King was named as a Louisville Slugger All-American.
Round 31 (942): Shane Combs (Notre Dame), RHP
Combs is a 6’2″ 221 lbs senior out of Notre Dame. You can get to know him right here:
Yesterday marked 55 days until the Irish season opener! Get to know our #55: freshman pitcher, Shane Combs.
Posted by Notre Dame Baseball on Sunday, December 27, 2015
Round 32 (972): Bryce Windham (Old Dominion), 2B
Windham is a 6’1″ 190 lbs senior out of Old Dominion. This past season, he slashed .343/.465/.419 with 44 walks against just 13 strikeouts (whoa). There’s not a lot of power there, but those contact skills and eye for the strike zone will certainly come in handy.
Round 33 (1002): Ryan Ritter (Lincoln Way East HS), SS
Ritter is a skinny (165 lbs), lanky shortstop out of Lincoln Way High School in Illinois.
Round 34 (1032): Nolan Letzgus (Heritage HS), RHP
Round 35 (1062): Hunter Patteson (Vero Beach HS), LHP
Round 36 (1092): Jayson Hoopes (St. Augustine Prep), RHP
Hoopes, 6’3″, 170 lbs, is one of the top-10 New Jersey MLB Draft Prospects according to Baseball America.
Round 37 (1122): Jaylon McLaughlin (Nevada), CF
Round 38 (1152): Marc Davis (Florida SouthWestern State College), 3B
Round 39 (1182): Mason Auer (Kickapoo HS), CF
Round 40 (1212): Mac Bingham (Torrey Pines HS), CF
And that wraps up the 2019 MLB Draft.
During rounds 11-40, the Chicago Cubs selected …
- Utility: 2
- Catcher: 1
- First Base: 0
- Second Base: 1
- Shortstop: 2
- Third base: 2
- Outfield: 7
- RHP: 12
- LHP: 3