The Cubs were one 2014 loss to the Red Sox from drafting Andrew Benintendi in 2015

The Red Sox star could have been playing on the North Side.

Tracking the MLB draft is a mindset. It’s a draft that few bother with. After all, it’s fraught with guessing wrong, and having to wait. The catcher (Steve Chilcott) drafted before Reggie Jackson in 1966 was a perfectly valid and accepted alternate. Chilcott could have been a very good player in his own right, but for an injury to his throwing arm. Playing if/then gets very tenuous regarding the baseball draft. However, if everything else had played out the same in 2014, the Cubs were one loss from drafting Andrew Benintendi .

By different measures, the Cubs use very similar player assessments to the Red Sox and Cardinals, my tracking has shown. For instance, the Cubs were apparently very “in” on Jack Flaherty. A very respected prep arm, Flaherty had “makeup numbers” that were off the charts. The Cubs considered Flaherty a reasonable gamble as he was coming off the board, chatter had it.

The Cubs had selected Kyle Schwarber with their first choice (fourth overall) in 2014. With a first-round supplementary choice, the Cardinals selected Flaherty from Harvard-Westlake High …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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