Cubs make a run on arms on second day of MLB Draft

Cubs make a run on arms on second day of MLB Draft
June 7, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

The Cubs continued to stockpile young positional players Friday as they led off the second day of the 2013 MLB Draft with BYU outfielder Jacob Hannemann as the 75th overall selection.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound lefty just finished up his freshman season at BYU, but at age 22, is a bit older than most other players with his experience level as his playing career was delayed by a Mormon mission.

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Hannemann, who also played football for BYU, starred for the Cougars in 2013, hitting .344/.415/.553 over 51 games with 16 doubles, seven triples, five homers, 53 runs and 14 steals in 15 attempts. He walked 24 times compared to 37 strikeouts.

Hannemann has drawn some comparisons to Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was drafted by Boston in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2005 draft when Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was the general manager for the Red Sox.

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The Kansas City Royals previously selected Hannemann in the 48th round of the 2010 Draft.

Round 4: RHP Tyler Skulina

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Skulina turned in a solid season as a junior for Kent State, with a 6-4 record and a 3.36 ERA. He allowed just 74 hits in 93.2 innings, good for a .209 average against, while striking out 102 batters. He turns 22 in September and has a fastball that sits in the low 90s throwing on a downhill plane with a good curve and a changeup that is in need of some fine-tuning.

Round 5: RHP Trey Masek

Masek, a 21-year-old junior from Texas Tech, comes in at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, which is a little undersized for a big-league pitcher. He missed a short time in March with arm soreness, which may have caused his draft stock to drop slightly, but finished out a strong year with a 5-2 record and 1.82 ERA in 11 starts. Opponents hit only .206 off Masek as he allowed just 56 hits in 79 innings while striking out 69 batters. He can dial it up to 94 mph with his fastball to go along with a decent curveball and changeup coming from a deceptive delivery. Masek's makeup has drawn praise, but his small stature and checkered injury history may mean a move to the bullpen is in his future in professional ball.

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Round 6: RHP Scott Frazier

The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Frazier has good size and arm strength, which prompted some scouts to believe he could be a surprise first-round pick earlier this year. But an inconsistent junior season at Pepperdine University helped knock his stock down a little bit. In 2013, Frazier was 5-5 with a 4.06 ERA and .237 batting average against. He allowed 75 hits and struck out 83 batters in 88.2 innings, but also allowed 40 walks. His fastball sits at 91-94 mph and claims to have once struck out 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper.

Round 7: RHP David Garner

Garner may be small in stature (listed as 5-foot-11, 180 pounds), but he can dial it up to 95 mph on the radar gun with a hard slider that he utilizes as his out pitch. He doesn't turn 21 until September and was a Cape Cod All-Star last summer. Garner spent most of his time at Michigan State as a starter, but bounced between the rotation and bullpen early in his career. In 14 starts in 2013, he went 4-5 with a 4.10 ERA and .285 average against while striking out 70 batters and allowing 93 hits in 83.1 innings. He is aggressive on the mound, but can lose control at times, with 10 wild pitches his junior year at MSU. Garner may be better suited out of the bullpen in professional baseball.

Round 8: LHP Sam Wilson

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Wilson was drafted by the Rangers in the 20th round in 2010 out of high school, but opted to attend college instead, and his career has been something of a roller coaster since. The 21-year-old southpaw began his collegiate days at New Mexico, where he appeared in just six games as a pitcher (he also appeared in 53 games as a position player). Academic reasons forced him out of New Mexico and he transferred to  Lamar Community College in Colorado, where he continued his career as a two-way player. His professional hopes will ride on his left arm, in which he can touch 94 mph with his fastball, but settles in around 90 mph with a curveball and changeup. 

Round 9: OF Charcer Burks

After selecting five straight pitchers, the Cubs took a chance on high school product Burks, an 18-year-old from William B. Travis High School in Texas. Burks is listed as 6-foot, 170 pounds and hits right-handed.

Round 10: RHP Zachary Godley

The Cubs went back to the mound for Round 10, hoping the Tennessee product lives up to his surname. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander just concluded his senior season in which he went 5-7 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Godley, 23, allowed a .242 batting average to opposing hitters while striking out 98 batters in 108.1 innings. In 16 games (14 starts), he finished with six complete games and two shutouts.