The Chicago Cubs are going to have a dilemma at the 2013 MLB Draft. It’s widely believed Mark Appel is the best pitching prospect in the draft, and the likely number 1 pick if the Houston Astros are smart. Some believe that the Astros are going to go with a younger hitter which would allow the Cubs to take Appel at 2. Well, I’m not so sure about that.
The Astros don’t have a ton of big arms in their system either, and I believe Mark Appel is their best choice. As of right now, I’m just going to assume they’ll take him at one which will force the Cubs to decide.
Will they go with Jonathan Grey? Grey is a big arm that throws around 100 MPH, but I’m not sure he’s nearly as polished as the Cubs would need him to be to justify taking him over the guy I want at 2 if Appel isn’t there- Kris Bryant.
Why do I like Kris Bryant? A few different reasons:
1) He’s the best pure hitter with a ton of power in the draft, and he’s had a heck of a career in college. Therefore- he’s gonna be in the big leagues sooner rather than later.
2) He’s a true third basemen, something the Cubs currently don’t have.
3) If he’s as good as I think he will be, the Cubs will have some options with Starlin Castro, and perhaps could even trade him for pitching.
The Cubs lack the arms in the system, this I know. Sometimes though, you need to continue drafting best available opposed to drafting for need. If you draft Grey, you better MAKE SURE he’s the next Justin Verlander than the next bust. The one thing I’d hate to happen is the Chicago Cubs missing on this pick because it’s important. I don’t think you miss on Bryant and I believe he’ll end up being an all star.
We’ll see what happens, but if Mark Appel goes number 1 (as he should), I hope Kris Bryant is the pick.