The 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft is a week away, and the Chicago Cubs have the fourth overall pick in the draft. While there are a handful of players they can consider with that fourth selection, there could also be a top collegiate player available later on in the draft as well for the Cubs to highly consider.
The University of Indiana‘s Sam Travis has had a terrific career as a Hoosier. In his three seasons at the college level his numbers have been consistently solid. Travis has hit over .315 each season with good home run and RBI production. He has also led Indiana to the College World Series and hosting an NCAA Regional this season as well. His makeup certainly projects to the next level, because he is capable of performing in big games. When the games counted, his NCAA tournament stats have been strong.
Travis is also a Chicago-area kid and was previously named Illinois Player of the Year. Going through the Cubs’ organization could be a good draw for Travis. He is an infielder by trade, but with work he could easily be converted into an outfielder if needed with his athleticism. While his bat will post good power numbers, his glove is not to bad either only committing one error this season as well.
Chicago also has the fourth pick in the second round of the draft as well which is the 45th overall selection. If Travis is still on the board at that time, the Cubs would be wise to jump all over him. Travis is an established collegiate hitter, which is a quality that worked out pretty well with their pick last year in Kris Bryant. The Cubs would be wise to stay local with one of their picks if given the opportunity.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.