2014 Draft Necessities for Chicago Cubs

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With the 2014 MLB draft taking place Thursday evening, I’m very interested to see what the Cubs decide to do with their first round pick. Theo Epstein stands firm in the decision to draft the best player available, regardless of position, but that doesn’t seem like the best move. Don’t get me wrong, Epstein is great. He has some top-notch credentials from his time with the Red Sox, but I just don’t agree with this decision. Looking to the future roster, there are two important holes that the Cubs will need to fill to have a winning team.

The first, and obvious, position needed is a pitcher. With continuous rumors surrounding the trade of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, the Cubs will need to start looking for some new talent on the mound. The Cubs currently have three right-handed pitchers on Baseball America’s top ten prospect list, but none are elite.

C.J. Edwards, acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers for Matt Garza, is Chicago’s top prospect. He’s got a great arm and is athletic, but undersized. This presents some durability concerns, as well as his long-term value. Pierce Johnson is another prospect that would be a future contributor if he reaches his full potential, but he’s just not ‘ace’ material. He could fit in the middle of rotation, but the skill set just isn’t there for the Cubs to consider building a team around him. Rounding out the list is Arodys Vizcaino. He has an excellent fastball and a nice curve, but his health is a concern. He was a top prospect until he took some time off to undergo Tommy John surgery. To his credit, Vizcaino is back and faring well in Double-A ball. He would do good things for the bullpen if he stays healthy, but it’s just too risky. Remember, Mark Prior?

So what choices are a possibility for the Cubs? I’m a fan of Tyler Kolek, Brady Aiken, and Aaron Nola.

Gasp! no Carlos Rodon?! Hard pass. I think he’s overrated. And I see the White Sox taking him with their third overall pick.

Who do you think the Cubs should choose? Learn more and cast your vote here.

The next position is catcher. Yes, Welington Castillo is a solid player who is under the team’s control for four more years, but it’s a position that the Cubs need to keep their eye on. Currently, they do not have a catcher on any top 10 or top 20 prospect list. Once Castillo becomes more expensive, the Cubs will want to have options.

Some potential candidates for the Cubs are Max Pentecost, Alex Jackson, or Kyle Schwarber.

Who do you think the Cubs should choose? Learn more and cast your vote here.

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