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