Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora all have at least one thing in common: They don't pitch.
While the quartet of Cubs prospects has garnered tons of attention for what their bats and gloves and legs could one day do at Wrigley Field, there's no avoiding the fact that there are few pitchers among the organization's most-heralded prospects. And the Cubs know it. But there is a chance to add a top-flight arm to that list coming up in this year's draft, in which the Cubs have the No. 4 overall pick.
Vice president of player development Jason McLeod joined SportsTalk Live on Friday and talked about the big-time pitching that top many's draft boards.
"We sit there at No. 4, and there's a couple of highly touted college pitchers right now. If the draft were tomorrow, I'm not sure that those players get to our pick," McLeod told CSN's David Kaplan. "That's how strong of seasons they had as sophomores, that's how strong their summer seasons were. But they've still got to go out and compete and show it every Friday. ... We're all excited. I'm getting on a plane (Friday) morning, and I'm going to go out West and start following some of these college pitchers myself, really all the top players in the draft because of where we're picking.
"We do need pitching, we understand it. Theo (Epstein) and Jed (Hoyer), every trade they've made, they've acquired pitching. We've drafted it a lot in volume over the last two years, and that's going to be a focus for us going forward."
See McLeod's entire interview from spring training in the video above.