Different Draft Approaches, the Schwarbers, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Different Draft Approaches, the Schwarbers, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Ugh. Didn’t expect the bulk of my morning to be eaten up trying to parse more Cubs financial squirreling. I just hope we have some more clarity by the end of this week. Winter Meetings and such. Might need that Kris Bryant service time grievance to be decided ASAP, though.

Anyway, I gotta breeze through these Bullets quickly now, because we’re off to do the Santa thing with the kiddos …

  • A big thanks to Bryan for a look back at the drafts by Dan Kantrovitz, the Cubs’ new VP of Scouting, who’ll run their drafts going forward:

  • Obviously the Cardinals – and Kantrovitz – made it their focus to go pitching-heavy early, and it certainly worked out well for them (though I’m sure their fans would express frustration at a lack of internally-developed impact bats over the last half-decade … that’s just kinda how it goes when you target one side or the other). What I like to see is that, regardless of what you’re targeting, that you don’t miss on those early picks. For the most part, his drafts did hit, with many of the pitchers coming on very quickly, and the hitters taking a little more time (with more modest returns).
  • The Cubs will be drafting 16th in the first round next year, their highest pick since 2015, and they’ll have a much larger draft pool to work with than last year.
  • Congrats to the Schwarbers!

  • This story is incredible and terrifying for so many reasons, but also a very important look at the nexus between professional sports and the risks for opioid addiction (not Jenks’ main focus, but that part is extremely timely):

https://twitter.com/PlayersTribune/status/1202679031637823489

  • This was from yesterday, but the clip is worth the re-enjoyment of Kyle Hendricks’ Maddux this year:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.