Theo’s Focus? The Draft

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.

Jonathan Mayo’s Top 100 Draft Prospects

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– George