Still six months away, the annual MLB Amateur Player Draft brings anticipation for both the next crop of talent and teams – including the Chicago Cubs.
Each year the June MLB Draft comes and goes without much acknowledgment. If we are honest, it can be an arduous process to commit to because there is so much research required in finding the next wave of talent, not to mention the 40 rounds as well as the handful of compensatory rounds. It can be exhausting – even to the most diehard Chicago Cubs fans.
Unlike the National Football League, where a majority of the population of sports fans develop an innate sense of how things will shake out unless you are tasked with year-round draft coverage, the process to create a deeper understanding of players can be a challenge. The fun part, however, is looking into the makeup of rankings and projecting the direction your favorite team could go.
The Cubs are a rare team that enjoyed multiple top prospects hitting the bigs at the same time, leading to Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora and Willson Contreras leading the charge of a core hoping to rebuild their system for future stars. Now that the Major League Baseball Amateur Player Draft is swinging back around, here are a few names who could hear their name called for this esteemed franchise.