Rounds 2 through 30 will begin today at 11 am central. The best players still available according to Baseball America rankings include Josh Bell who was the 15th ranked draft prospect.
From a talent basis, outfielder Josh Bell and lefthander Daniel Norris are both first-round talents. But their asking price ensured that they are the two highest-rated players left undrafted heading into the second day of the MLB Draft.
Bell (No. 15) and Norris (No. 16) both fell because of their perceived asking prices. Bell sent a letter to MLB teams telling him that he was planning to attend Texas and did not want to be drafted. Norris is a Clemson recruit.
The next best is Austin Hedges who also has a firm college committment (he’s ranked 28th). Here are the players in the top 50 still available:
No. 15. Josh Bell, of
No. 16. Daniel Norris, lhp
No. 28. Austin Hedges, c
No. 30 Andrew Susac, c
No. 31 Dillon Howard, rhp
No. 32 Matt Purke, lhp
No. 39 Jorge Lopez, rhp
No. 41 Josh Osich, lhp
No. 42 Alex Dickerson, of
No. 46 Dillon Maples, rhp
No. 50 Tony Zych, rhp
Cubs 2nd round pick: Dan Vogelbach, 1B (ranked 109th by BA)
Vogelbach hit 17 homers in 32 games and has some of the best lefthanded power in the draft due to excellent strength and a sound, loose swing. He put it on display last December at the annual Power Showcase—the event made famous by Bryce Harper’s 502-foot homer—by launching one 508 feet with a metal bat and won the event. He is more than a masher, with solid hitting ability and a fairly polished approach.
I like it.
Dude can hit. Dude probably can’t run. At all. Still. I’m all for a power hitting 1st baseman. It’s been a long time since the Cubs had a legitimate 1st base prospect. You usually think about moving players to that position, which hasn’t exactly worked out for the Cubs.
3rd round: Ezekiel DeVoss (not ranked in top 200)
The Cubs took Shawon Dunston, Jr. in the 11th round. Here’s a short video.