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5 Players Chicago Cubs Should Target In First Round of 2014 MLB Draft

2014 MLB Draft: 5 Players Chicago Cubs Should Target In First Round

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One of the few positives that has come from the Cubs losing so many games for the past few seasons is that they get a top draft pick in the first round. They used their second overall pick on 3B Kris Bryant last season, and now they hold the No. 4 overall pick. There are several ways they could go with the pick, but what they need most of all in this draft is some more pitching for the farm system.

5. LHP Carlos Rodon, NC State

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5. LHP Carlos Rodon, NC State

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A lefty with collegiate experience is invaluable to a team in need of pitching. Rodon will require less time in the minors it would appear as he's already begun crafting his game in college. This season hasn't been as good as last season, which projected him as the top player in the draft, but he still makes a lot of sense to the Cubs at No. 4.

4. OF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco

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4. OF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco

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Zimmer has several of the tools required of a superstar in MLB. He has shown the ability to hit for average and power while providing some speed as well. He looks like a great future center fielder, and even though the Cubs already have Albert Almora, there's nothing wrong with drafting a Plan B.

3. LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS

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3. LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS

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Aiken is the most polished pitcher entering the draft, and that's saying something considering the fact he's coming out of high school. Some scouts have compared his skills and frame to Clayton Kershaw. Think the Cubs could use a pitcher like that? Sure would seem that way.

2. OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State

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2. OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State

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Conforto could be a 30-plus home run hitter in the major leagues if he sticks to his patient approach at the plate. He doesn't seem like he will be a superstar overall hitter, but he definitely could be a banger in the middle of the lineup for several years once he reaches the pros.

1. RHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS

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1. RHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd HS

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What's 6-foot-7, 18 years old and throws a baseball 100 mph? It's not a riddle -- the answer is Kolek, who is the latest in a long list of great Texas high school pitchers. It's not often you see a high school pitcher who can touch triple digits, but Kolek can and he perfectly fits the profile of the power arm the Cubs have wanted to add to their organization for a while now.