Cubs continue to stockpile arms on MLB Draft's third day

Cubs continue to stockpile arms on MLB Draft's third day
June 8, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

The MLB Draft does not pay immediate dividends for teams around the league like the NFL or NBA does.

Baseball's draft is more of a crapshoot, as organizations try to hit on just a few picks each year.

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So the Cubs went safe with the No. 2 overall selection, trusting more in the payoff of the best position player (Kris Bryant) over a starting pitcher that can dial it up to triple digits on the radar gun and may have the upside of an ace, but comes with a much higher risk.

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The Cubs also know pitching typically comes from all over the draft, and after closing out the first day with Mizzou starter Rob Zastryzny, they selected pitchers in six of the eight rounds in Day 2.

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It was more of the same on Saturday, as the Cubs kicked off the final 30 rounds of the draft by stockpiling more arms:

Round 11: C Jordan Hankins

The Cubs began the day by selecting a catcher to receive all those pitches, taking Hankins with the 318th overall selection. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Hankins hits left-handed and just finished his junior season at Austin Peay State University. He took home a slew of awards during his first two seasons at APSU and had a very successful three-year career, hitting .346 in 183 games with 45 doubles, 25 homers, 152 runs, 151 RBI and 103 walks compared to just 63 strikeouts.

Round 12: RHP Trevor Clifton

Clifton has been rated as one of the nation's top high-school arms over the past two seasons and saw his velocity rise to 97 mph this spring. However, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound righty is committed to Kentucky and figures to be a tough sign for the Cubs.

Round 13: RHP Trevor Graham

The Cubs continued their run on arms with the Franklin Pierce University right-hander. Graham, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, transferred from Florida State last fall and figures to slot in as a reliever in professional baseball give his hard-nosed makeup and lack of elite stuff.

Round 14: RHP Daniel Poncedeleon

Poncedeleon, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound righty from Houston throws his fastball in the 90-93 mph range along with a curveball and two-seam fastball. His inconsistency has some scouts believing he may fit better as a reliever in the Cubs system.

Round 15: RHP Michael Wagner

With the 438th overall selection, the Cubs selected Wagner, a college teammate of No. 2 pick Bryant. Wagner has bounced around between the bullpen (where he served as San Diego's closer last year) and the rotation, and turned in an inconsistent junior season in 2013, going 2-5 with a 4.55 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 89 innings.

Round 16: C Cael Brockmeyer (6-foot-5, 235 pounds/Cal State Bakersfield)

Round 17: 1B Kelvin Freeman (6-foot-4, 235 pounds/North Carolina A&T St. University)

Round 18: SS Giuseppe Papaccio (6-foot-1, 185 pounds/Seton Hall University)

Round 19: C Will Remillard (6-foot-1, 195 pounds/Coastal Carolina)

Round 20: 2B Zak Blair (5-foot-10, 190 pounds/Mercyhurst College)

Round 21: RHP Joshua McCauley (6-foot-4, 220 pounds/Shepherd College)

Round 22: OF Kevin Brown (6-feet, 195 pounds/Bryant University)

Round 23: LHP Tyler Ihrig (6-feet, 185 pounds/Marin Community College)

Round 24: C Tyler Alamo (6-foot-4, 200 pounds/Cypress High School)

Round 25: OF Marcus Doi (5-foot-11, 185 pounds/Mid-Pacific Institute)

Round 26: C Carlos Pena (6-feet, 180 pounds/Southwest Miami High School)

Round 27: 2B Tyler Sciacca (5-foot-10, 175 pounds/Villanova)

Round 28: RHP Brad Renner (6-foot-6, 220 pounds/Florida State)

Round 29: OF John Garcia (6-foot-1, 190 pounds/Denbigh High School)

Round 30: RHP Zak Hermans (6-foot-2, 190 pounds/Princeton)

Round 31: RHP Sean Johnson (6-foot-7, 190 pounds/Iowa Western Community College)

Round 32: RHP Keaton Leach (6-foot-2, 180 pounds/Glendale College)

Round 33: RHP Chris Madera (5-foot-11, 185 pounds/Northwest Florida St.)

Round 34: RHP Jake Thompson (6-foot-1, 200 pounds/Sinslaw High School)

Round 35: SS Ramsey Romano (6-foot-3, 185 pounds/Valhalla High School)

Round 36: SS Derek Campbell (6-foot-3, 175 pounds/University of California)

Round 37: C Jeremy Martinez (5-foot-11, 190 pounds/Mater Dei High School)

Round 38: RHP Zach Brown (6-foot-1, 180 pounds/Seymour High School)

Round 39: OF Josh Greene (5-foot-9, 160 pounds/Forest High School)

Round 40: OF Patrick Riley (6-foot-2, 200 pounds/Delgado College)