MLB Amateur Draft: Cubs, White Sox Picks, Analysis
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(CBS) The MLB First-Year Player Draft got going Thursday, and the big news around here was that the White Sox selected N.C. State left-hander Carlos Rodon at No. 3 overall while the Cubs took Indiana catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber one pick later.
The draft continues today with rounds 3-10 before concluding Saturday. Here’s a list of players the White Sox and Cubs have drafted thus far.
Round 1, No. 3 overall: LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State
— Click here for more on Rodon. And below is a scouting video on Rodon.
Round 2, No. 44: RHP Spencer Adams, White County High (Ga.)
— Here’s a scouting video on Adams, whose fastball tops out at 95 and usually sits in the low-90s. His slider is his best off-speed pitch, according to MLB.com’s scouting report.
Round 3, No. 77: LHP Jace Fry, Oregon State
— Fry has a fastball that reaches the low 90s, and scouting reports indicate he relies on deception a great deal. His fastball also has good sink on it, according to MLB.com’s scouting report, and he throws a curveball and change-up as well. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012 but recovered nicely.
Round 4, No. 108: C Brett Austin, N.C. State
Round 5, No. 138: RHP Zach Thompson, Texas-Arlington
— After three years of college, Thompson’s fastball now sits in the low-to-mid-90s. His off-speed pitches all need work if he’s to advance through the system, according to reports, but his 6-foot-7, 210-pound size is intriguing for the White Sox.
Round 6, No. 168 overall: OF Louie Lechich, San Diego
Round 7, No. 198: SS Jake Peter, Creighton
— Peter pitched and played the field at Creighton, and the White Sox will have to choose one path for him down the line. He throws in the 92-to-94 mph range, per MLB.com. Some believe he projects as more as a second baseman if he stays in the middle infield.
Round 8, No. 228: SS John Ziznewski, Long Island University
Round 9, No. 258: LHP Brian Clark, Kent State
Round 1, No. 4 overall: C/OF Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
— Click here for more on Schwarber and why the Cubs were so wowed by him.
Round 2, No. 45: RHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland
— Stinnett was a four-year college player whose fastball reaches the mid-90s. Check out video on him below. His slider is his second-best pitch.
Round 3, No. 78: C Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech
— Zagunis is expected to stay long term at catcher, where he has good athleticism and an accurate arm with average strength, according to MLB.com’s scouting report. Zagunis didn’t display much power in 2014 as a hitter.
Round 4, No. 109: LHP Carson Sands, North Florida Christian High (Fla.)
— Sands consistently throws in the low-90s and has a quality 12-to-6 curveball, according to scouting reports. He has committed to Florida State.
Round 5, No. 139: LHP Justin Steele, George County High (Miss.)
— Steele’s velocity was inconsistent in the last year, but he’s settled in the 88-to-92 mph range now, MLB.com reports. Because of his lack of command, the bullpen is likely in his future, evaluators have surmised.
Round 6, No. 169: RHP Dylan Cease, Milton High (Ga.)
— Cease was one of the hardest-throwing high school pitchers in the draft, topping out at 97 mph, according to MLB.com, but he hasn’t pitched since March due to an elbow injury. His other pitches need refined, scouts say. Cease has committed to Vanderbilt.
Round 7, No. 199: RHP James Norwood, St. Louis University
— After three years at St. Louis, Norwood’s fastball has topped out at 98 mph, but he usually stays in the 91-to-95 mph range. He needs to develop a secondary pitch, though, as he has little to keep hitters from sitting on his fastball, according to MLB.com’s scouting report.
Round 8, No. 229: LHP Tommy Thorpe, Oregon
Round 9, No. 259: RHP James Farris, Arizona