After taking college arms with seven of the first 10 picks, the Cubs didn’t let up on Day 3, drafting nine more college arms and adding the only three prep hurlers. The easiest way to sum up the pitchers is big frames with live arms. The Cubs have very few hard throwers in their upper minors and it looks like the Cubs addressed some of those needs.
While the post draft chatter has been about the pitcher the Cubs didn’t take, there's not many disputing they got the best bat in the draft in San Diego’s Kris Bryant. And while Bryant and third-round pick Jacob Hannemann are grabbing the headlines, the Cubs acquired an interesting collection of players that can drive the ball and know the strike zone.
With catching a weak spot in the minors and a position every team is always trying to upgrade, the Cubs grabbed six catchers, including the second pick on Day 3, Jordan Hankins of Austin Peay State. His slash line of .360/.459/.559 is a common sight when it pertains to the Cubs scouting department and the draft. All three college backstops have a year of eligibility left.
Here’s a look at pick’s 11-40 and some background information on each of the 30 picks:
Round 11, Pick # 318—Jordan Hankins, 21, C, L/R, 6’4”, 170, Austin Peay State— A left-handed hitting catcher, the first taken by the Cubs. He hit .360/.459/.559 his junior year for the Governors with 38 walks and 24 strikeouts in 236 at-bats. He blasted 11 homers with 53 RBI and stole eight bases in 10 attempts. He set the Austin Peay record for most hits in first three seasons (236) and is a two-time NCAA regional all-tournament selection. Hankins played second and third for Austin Peay but the Cubs plan on making him a catcher.
Round 12, Pick # 348—Trevor Clifton, 18, P, R/R, 6’ 4”, 170, Heritage High School (TN) RHP—The first high school pitcher selected by the Cubs, they must now convince the right-hander to forego his plans to attend Kentucky. He sports a low 90s fastball that’s reached 97 and throws a curve and changeup. The right-hander was a member of USA 16-under junior national team and was considered one of the top pitching prospects at the end of last season. He tossed 39.2 innings this spring (2-3 3.35 ERA) with 79 strikeouts, 36 hits and 21 walks. Clifton told the Knoxville News on Saturday night that he will not attended Kentucky and will turn pro. He added he asked for “third round money” and “that’s what I got”. Slot values for the third round ranged from $747,700 to $486,600.
Round 13, Pick # 378—Trevor Graham, 21, P, R/R, 6’3”, 220, Franklin Pierce University (NH)—Was the ace of the Ravens staff going 10-2 with a 1.63 ERA for the Division II school. He fanned 123 in 110 innings and walked 21. His coach called him the team’s MVP and a “horse on the mound all season.” After a prep career at Sebastian River High School in Florida, Graham spent his first years of college at Florida Tech pitching in eight games (15.1 IP) as a freshman and then made nine starts as a sophomore going 3-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 43 innings.
Round 14, Pick # 408—Daniel Poncedeleon, 21, P R/R, 6’4”, 200, Houston—Its the third time Poncedeleon has been drafted, 24th round in 2010 by the Rays and last year by the Reds in the 38th round. The right-hander made 15 starts for Houston going 7-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 85.2 innings with 62 K and 34 BB. His fastball sits in the low 90s and he throws a big breaking curve ball. He started his college career at Arizona and then transferred to Cypress Junior College.
Round 15, Pick # 438—Michael Wagner, 21, P, R/R, 6’4”, 200, San Diego—Not sure what’s more interesting: he was Cubs # 1 pick Kris Bryant’s roommate at college or he was drafted by Theo and the Red Sox in 2010. Either way, the Cubs nabbed the college junior, used as a starter and out of the pen at San Diego. He earned all WCC honors as a freshman with a 2.97 ERA in 15 games and became the Toreros closer as a sophomore nailing down 19 saves as he earned All-American honors posting a 2.58 ERA in 59.1 IP with 53 punchouts. He became the team’s # 1 starter this year making 11 starts with a 2-5 record and 4.55 ERA.
Round 16, Pick # 468—Cael Brockmeyer, 21, C, R/R 6’5”, 220, Cal-State Bakersfield—A power-hitting catcher who also spent time at first base for the Roadrunners, he was a first-team All-WAC selection hitting .330/.416/.480 with a team-high 51 RBI in 59 games. He hit four HR and had 13 doubles. As a sophomore, Brockmeyer smacked a team-high six HR and 32 RBI hitting .285 and played in 42 games as a freshman batting .244. With is frame and ability to hit, Brockmeyer could move quickly through the Cubs organization if he can hone his defensive skills.
Round 17, Pick # 498—Kelvin Freeman, 22, 1B, R/R, 6’4”, 235, North Carolina A&T—The power-hitting senior first baseman was a third-team NCAA Division I All-American and was named the MEAAC Player of the Year. He launched 16 homers (7th in NCAA) and knocked in 59 runs. He hit .342/.426/.663 and showed great plate discipline with 27 walks and 38 strikeouts. During his four-year career, he hit .344 with 31 HR and 175 RBI. The Cubs don’t have many power hitters in the minors and Freeman’s name could be at the top of the list soon.
Round 18, Pick # 528—Giuseppe Papaccio, 22, SS, R/R, 6’1”, 185, Seton Hall—A four-year starter for the Pirates, Papaccio is regarded as one of the best defensive shortstops in the Big East but really stepped up his offense this year hitting . 365./410/.554 after a line of .279/.332/.389 as a junior. He tied the Seton Hall single season double record with 24 and set the career mark with 56. He earned third team All-American honors and was the only unanimous pick in the Big East. And to top it all off, he was drafted on his 22nd birthday.
Round 19, Pick # 558—Will Remillard, 20, C, R/R, 6’1” 190 Costal Carolina—The third college catcher drafted and like the other two has a great chance to shoot up the Cubs system. The New York prep from La Salle Institute, attended Temple as a freshman hitting .321 with three homers and 26 RBI. He transferred to Costal Carolina sitting out last season. He started 51 games for the Chanticleers this season year .280/336/.392 with two homers and 39 RBI. He earned All-Big South honors and threw out 41 percent of base stealers.
Round 20, Pick # 588—Zak Blair, 22, 2B, L/R, 5’10”, 190, Mercyhurst College (PA)—The Rawlings All-Atlantic Region Gold Glove winner hit .329/.398/.410 in 50 games and only fanned 9 times in 173 at-bats. He tied the school record with 76 hits in 2011 and hit .354 in three years for the Lakers. He is the 14th player to be drafted out of Mercyhurst. He went to Jefferson Area High School in Ohio and was a Under Armor High School All-American. He played shortstop in college but the Cubs plan to move him to second base.
Round 21, Pick # 618—Josh McCauley, 23, P, R/R 6’4”, 220 Shepherd College (WV)
After stops at Frederick Community College and West Virginia, the big right-hander caught the attention of Cubs scouts at Shepherd College as he made five starts going 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA (26 IP, 29 H, 10 BB, 28 K). He had control problems in high school and his first year of JUCO, but solved that his sophomore year and earned the scholarship to West Virginia. At West Virginia in 2011, he went 1-5 with 27 K and 22 BB in 45.2 innings. He’ll need to throw consistently strikes to move through the Cubs organization.
Round 22, Pick # 648—Kevin Brown, 22, LF, L/R, 6’0”, 195, Bryant University (RI)—The senior outfielder showed good speed stealing 22 bases as he hit .367/.498/.552 with seven homers and 48 RBI. He coaxed 47 walks and only fanned out 20 times, a common theme in most of the bats drafted this year. Brown led team in nearly every offensive category hitting his junior year hitting .281/365/.520 with 9 HR.
Round 23, Pick # 678—Tyler Ihrig, 21,P, L/L, 6’0”, 185, Marin CC (CA)—The Washington State native was Marin’s closer his sophomore year recording 18 saves in 29 games. He went 1-2 with a 1.58 ERA and fanned 45 while walking only nine with a BAA of .247. Ihrig was one of three lefties drafted by the Cubs and one of the few true relievers they selected.
Round 24, Pick # 708—Tyler Alamo, 18, C, R/R, 6’4“, 200, Cypress High School (CA)—The athletic build and a good arm are two of the qualities Alamo will bring to Chicago if he decides to turn pro and not attend Cal-State Fullerton. A member of the 2011 USA Baseball 16-U team, Alamo was one of three high school catchers selected and the highest pick.
Round 25, Pick # 738—Marcus Doi, 18, OF, R/R, 5’1”, 185, Mid-Pacific Institute (HI)—The outfielder that’s committed to the University of Hawaii led his team, Mid-Pacific High, to the state title this spring delivering a two-run single in the top of the seventh to put his team ahead. Doi caught in the championship game even though the Cubs listed him as an outfielder.
Round 26, Pick # 768—Carlos Pena, 17, C, R/R, 6’0”, 180, Southwest Miami High School—The potential Wrigley Filed backstop hit .316/.379/.434 his senior season in 25 games. He hit one homer and knocked in 15. One of six catchers selected by the Cubs on Day 3.
Round 27, Pick # 798—Tyler Sciacca, 22, 2B, R/R, 5’10”, 173, Villanova—The middle infielder started 45 games for the Wildcats hitting .307/.405/.466, all team highs, and also led the team with 18 doubles, two triples and 36 RBI. Sciacca played both second and shortstop during his career and is considered a “terrific defender.” The Cubs drafted current minor leaguer Matt Szczur (AA-Tennessee) in the fifth round out of Villanova in 2009 and took Gary Scott in round two in 1989.
Round 28, Pick # 828—Brad Renner, 22, P, R/R, 6’6”, 220, Florida State CC—The most confusing pick of the 2013 draft as for at least one round most of America thought the Cubs had selected Tanner Renner, a backup outfielder from Southern Illinois. But with the 28th pick, the Cubs selected the big right-hander out of Florida State College. He started 13 games with a 4-5 record and a 3.07 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 73 innings.
Round 29, Pick # 858—John Garcia, 17, CF, R/R, 6’1”, 190 Denbigh High School, Virginia—Coming to America as a sophomore from Puerto Rico, the outfielder hit .350 his first season and upped the mark to .450 as a junior. He hit .425 and led the district in home runs with seven his senior season and swiped 25 bases. He was scouted by Billy Swoope. He’s a raw talent with a great skill set and a player to keep an eye on. He is also the youngest player drafted.
Round 30, Pick # 888—Zak Hermans, 21, P, R/R, 6’2”, 190, Princeton—The Texas native was the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and became the first-ever selection from Princeton for the Cubs. He was part of the Tigers rotation for four years going 3-4 with a 2.40 ERA in nine starts this season. He had a BAA of .214 and walked 12 in 56.1 innings with 55 punchouts.
Round 31, Pick # 918—Sean Johnson, 18, P, R/R, 6’7”, 190, Iowa Western CC—Worked out for the Cubs earlier this month at Wrigley, the 6-foot-7 right-hander throws in the low 90s and features three other pitches. Made five starts for Iowa Western, that included a shutout and a 10-strikeout performance. He finished his first year of college at 5-2 with a 2.21 ERA fanning 42 hitters in 40 innings with 16 walks. Johnson also played hockey in high school in Colorado.
Round 32, Pick # 948—Keaton Leach, 18, P, R/R, 6’2”, 180, Glendale CC (AZ)—Leach signed a letter of intent with Fresno State out of South Pasadena High School but ended up at Glendale College for his freshman season pitching out of the bullpen. He was 5-1 with a save fanning 23 in 41.3 innings. He will need to work on his control as he walked 19.
Round 33, Pick # 978—Chris Madera, 20, OF, R/R, 5’11”, 185, Northwest Florida State College—A native of the Dominican Republic, the 20-year-old was named the Panhandle Conference’s defensive player of the year as a center fielder, recognized for his strong arm and great speed. He also excelled at the plate hitting .341/.426/.467 with 23 stolen bases in 28 attempts. One of eight outfielders selected, four with college experience.
Round 34, Pick # 1008—Jake Thompson, 18, P, R/R, 6’1”, 200, Siuslaw High School (OR)—The Cubs took their second high school arm selecting the all-state pitcher from Oregon. He committed to Oregon State last year.
Round 35, Pick # 1038—Ramsey Romona, 18, SS, R/R, 6’3”, 185 Valhalla High School (CA)—The only high school infielder selected by the Cubs in the draft, Romona not only starred on the diamond but also drew accolades as a quarterback. Romona is committed to the University of Michigan to play baseball and hit .356/.396/.485 his senior year with 2 HR and 15 RBI in 36 games.
Round 36, Pick # 1068—Derek Campbell, 21, SS, R/R, 6’0”, 175, California—The infielder only played in 11 games last year hitting .256/.383/.359 with a homer and five RBI. A junior from Irvine, California, made 38 starts as a sophomore hitting .264 and batted .263 as a freshman.
Round 37, Pick # 1098—Jeremy Martinez, 18, C, R/R, 5’11”, 190, Mater Dei High School (CA)—Regarded as one of the top high school catching prospect after last season, the Team USA member hit .395/.525/.447 in 27 games with 17 RBI his senior season. Martinez has a scholarship to USC.
Round 38, Pick # 1128—Zack Brown, 18, P R/R, 6’1”, 180 Seymour High School—The second Kentucky high school commit drafted by the Cubs, Brown throws a fastball in the low 90s but usually in high 80s. His secondary pitch is a curve and is developing a changeup. He tweeted Cubs 21st round pick Trevor Clifton on Sunday he was headed to Kentucky.
Round 39, Pick # 1158—Josh Greene, 17, CF, L/L, 5’9”, 160, Forest High School (FL)—The Cubs selected their fourth high school outfielder taking a Florida speedster who’s been timed in under 3.8 to first base. The youngest of all the Cubs picks, it will be interesting to see if he turns pro or heads to High Point University. He hit .319 with .410 OBP and the leadoff hitter swiped 15 bases.
Round 40, Pick # 1188—Bubby Riley, 20, LF, 6’2”, 200, Delgado College—The Cubs final pick was a junior college sophomore outfielder with a knack for getting on base (46 walks) and shows good speed (16/19 SB). A theme for the Cubs this year. Riley hit .311/.445/.556 and led the Dolphins with six homers and 51 RBI in 58 games. Riley graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans in 2011.