Welcome to the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft!
Here. We. Go……
With the 1st Overall pick the Houston Astros select….
Full first round recap after the jump.
I mentioned yesterday that Carlos Correa could be a key to the whole Cubs draft, well today the Cubs are working him out at Wrigley Field per ESPN.com/Chicago.
Here is my take on Correa from my draft preview. As I mentioned before if he is on the board, and all three college arms are gone, the Cubs pick comes down to Almora, Correa, and Fried… most likely between Almora and Correa if I had to guess.
Ballplayer right here, no question about it. The one thing you always hear about young SS is they will probably be moved because of defense, not Correa. He can stick at SS, and that is why he is so attractive to so many teams. He has an above average bat, and big power right now. When I say big, I mean outstanding power, think middle of the order power with the ability to play short for his whole career.
Prediction – Drafted #7 overall – San Diego Padres
Cubs Chances – The key to the whole draft is Correa, if a team ahead of the Cubs chooses to take him instead of a college arm then the Cubs will get that arm that is left over.
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I started talking about the draft a few weeks ago, and how much prep time Theo and company were putting into it, well now we are close enough to the draft so you should get to know who the Cubs have been looking at. The draft will be broadcast live on MLB Network at 7:00 PM EST, one hour earlier MLB Network will air a draft preview special. Want to know who they will be talking about, and who the Cubs are thinking about taking at number six? Then keep reading.
One of the most important days in Theo Epstein’s short career with the Cubs is fast approaching, and he knows it’s a huge day not only for him but for this organization.
June 4 marks the beginning of the 2012 first year player draft, and Theo Epstein is making sure the Cubs are ready, “It’s probably the most important thing we are doing right now, to be honest,” Epstein said. “So that is what takes up the vast majority of our time. Draft day is the most important day of the year for every organization. It is a year-long process, and right now we are right in the sweet spot — finishing evaluations, going back and getting final looks. We then will get together and dissect all the information.”
The new CBA handcuffs teams in how they can spend money on the draft, with penalties as high as 100% on a dollar if a team exceeds the salary cap. “Every team is setting aside some time to think through how the draft may play differently now,” Epstein said. “It affects how we approach signability and how we allocate our resources into who we will scout and how often. But it is the same for all 30 clubs. It is a level playing field. We will go and do our best.” The Cubs spent $20 million on the draft last year, those days are now long gone and really puts an emphasis on scouting, which Theo and company have focused on.
Who are the Cubs going to take at #6 in the first round? “We have it down to about 10 (players),” Epstein said. “That is just on the first pick. That is an important pick, but every pick in the draft is an important pick if you want to have successful ones. This year there is not a clear –cut, top-tier guy at the very top so it will be interesting to see if there is any late movement up there.”
That is great to hear that they really think they could get the best player in the draft given there is no clear-cut #1. Here is a link to Jonathan Mayo’s top 100 draft prospects, expect the Cubs to take one of the guys on the 1-10 page, but we will have full breakdowns leading up to the draft.
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The Cubs will be picking 6th overall in the first round of the 2012 MLB first year player scheduled for June 4th. The Cubs also have two supplemental (or sandwich) picks that they received for Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena. The Cubs pick 43rd overall (Aramis Ramirez, Type B to Brewers) and 56th overall (Carlos Pena, Type B to Rays).