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Cubs Draftee Profile: Kris Bryant

In Commentary And Analysis by GW21 Comments

Welp, that was a bit of a surprise. As had been predicted by a few folks (notably, Aisle424), the Cubs passed over one of the big college arms and selected Kris Bryant at #2 overall. I think we can be more confident in their candidness regarding their preference for position players over pitchers in general in the draft. Unfortunately, we …

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2013 MLB Draft: Live Draft Thread- Surprise! Cubs Take Kris Bryant

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by GW72 Comments

Draft Coverage The 2013 MLB Draft kicks off at 6pm on MLB Network. The first two rounds are tonight. Pre-draft coverage is already underway. Unfortunately, Greg Amsinger is hosting rather than Brian Kenny. And as always, it seems, the guys who really know what’s going on are more or less marginalized. Peter Gammons, Harold Reynolds, and John Hart are at the main table. …

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OV Daily Facepalm 5.21.13

In Facepalm by berselius16 Comments

Matt Garza returns tonight Garza is back and ready to go tonight, bumping Villanueva to the bullpen. The Cubs say Villanueva will be used in long relief, but given how their late inning options have sucked lately I'd rather see him in the late inning mix with Fujikawa and Transformed Kevin Gregg. Suddenly the Cubs pen doesn't looks quite as …

2013 MLB Draft: Could the Cubs Force the Astros to Pass on Appel?

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by GW27 Comments

Kiley McDaniel has posted his first mock for the 2013 MLB Draft and passes along some potentially interesting machinations from behind the scenes. Dmick has previously addressed the possibility that the Astros could once again pass on Mark Appel, but McDaniel doesn’t think it will happen: Last year, there was a large top group of talent with varying price tags that allowed …

Gordon Wittenmyer goes out on limb, predicts Cubs likely to take one of the top two talents available at number 2

In News And Rumors by dmick8918 Comments

I don't have a subscription to the Sun-Times. Can't imagine I ever will, so I got this info from MLBTR. Major League Baseball's draft is still about six weeks away, but Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the Cubs are likely to draft either Stanford right-hander Mark Appel or Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray with the No. 2 overall pick. …

2013 MLB Draft: Potential Penalty Figures for Cubs

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick8930 Comments

Last year MLB and the MLBPA agreed to some draconian rules regarding the draft. Gone were the days when you could spend whatever you want. You might think that MLB may have adopted some penalties that may still have allowed teams to go over their first 10-rounds budget, but they made the penalties so damn harsh that they essentially eliminated …