2018 MLB Draft prep: A few early thoughts on this year’s draft

It’s February, but it’s time to begin thinking about the draft.

Tim Huwe has, as you know, written quite extensively about the MLB draft and its surroundings for this site. He’s writing frequently on the draft at this early date for his own site, The Zygote 50.

We put a few questions to Tim about this year’s draft, which is still about four months away.

BCB: How would you characterize this year’s draft? Are there any particular strengths that stand out to you?

TH: This is a rather deep draft at the top, keyed by an impressive group of preps that rolled through a summer tournament in Canada, shutting out almost everyone. The high school arms were already valued, and that showing didn’t hurt at all. RHP, LHP, velocity, curves. The whole shebang.

Which helps the Cubs, because they likely want none of the preps early.

If over half of the teams go preps early (it’s normally a near-split of pitchers/hitters and prep/college), the Cubs will be looking at one of their top 10 or 11 choices with pick 24.

The college arms sound solid well into the third round, which helps if the Cubs lean bat early.

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Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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