This year’s draft may have been the the draft with the least amount of hype going in for Cubs fans in nearly a decade. The Cubs didn’t make their first selection until the third round of the draft which means the team was absent from the entire first day. No top 10 pick meant there was no big name prospect that would be heading into the farm system. There was also less hype due to the emphasis being put on the Major League roster. When the team is performing like it is right now, people don’t really care as much about what is going on in Rookie ball in Eugene.
So now that I have just completely turned you off of all draft day excitement, let me tell you that every single draft is important. It doesn’t matter how well your Major League roster is doing or how many straight years you pick at the bottom of the draft, the first year player draft still means so much. Look at the big league roster now. Of course there are first round picks like Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Albert Almora, and Addison Russell on the lineup card every night, but there are also players that weren’t highly regarded draft prospects. Jake Arrieta (5th), Anthony Rizzo (6th), Ben Zobrist (6th), and Dexter Fowler (14th) were all players that were not highly regarded, but still are making impacts today.
With that being said, there was still plenty to gain for the Cubs the past couple of days when they went out and drafted 38 very talented baseball players. Some will make an impact at the Major League level like Arrieta and Rizzo and some won’t even make it to Double-A. But 40 rounds later, here is your 2016 Chicago Cubs draft class.
3rd Round: Thomas Hatch, RHP, Oklahoma State University
Big 12 pitcher of the year for Oklahoma State this season.
4th Round: Tyson Miller, RHP, California Baptist University
Tall and lanky but has a lot he can work with. Potential middle of the rotation starter.
5th Round: Bailey Clark, RHP, Duke University
Fastball consistently hitting 99. Very sharp slider. Extremely wild at this point.
6th Round: Chad Hockin, RHP, Cal State Fullerton
Reliever in college. 2 plus pitches including low to mid 90s fastball.
7th Round: Michael Cruz, Catcher, Bethune-Cookman University
The run of college righties comes to an end!
8th Round: Stephen Ridings, RHP, Haverford College
Just kidding, here’s another one.
9th Round: Duncan Robinson, RHP, Dartmouth College
Commonly confused with Michigan University 3 point specialist.
10th Round: Dakota Mekkes, RHP, Michigan State University
First Big Ten guy and yet another college righty.
11th Round: Michael Rucker, RHP, Brigham Young University
Joins Jacob Hannemann as the other BYU Cougar in the system.
12th Round: Trey Cobb, RHP, Oklahoma State University
The second Cowboy the Cubs drafted. Came out of the ‘pen to relieve Hatch on Saturday.
13th Round: Wyatt Short, LHP, University of Mississippi
The run of college pitchers continues, this time with a lefty.
14th Round: Parker Dunshee, RHP, Wake Forest University
The first name I’ve heard come out of Wake since Chris Paul.
15th Round: Jed Carter, RHP, Auburn University-Montgomery
Everyone needs to draft a guy named Jed.
16th Round: Holden Cammack, RHP, Oral Roberts University
Holden rounds makes it 12 of the first 14 picks that are righty pitchers out of college.
17th Round: Zack Short, Shortstop, Sacred Heart University
We aren’t allowed to move short off of shortstop.
18th Round: Marc Huberman, LHP, University of Southern California
He can finally ditch those ugly McDonald’s colored uniforms.
19th Round: Matt Swarmer, RHP, Kutztown University
If a guy from Kutztown U can get drafted then so can I.
20th Round: Garrett Freeman, LHP, University of Alabama
21st Round: Samuel Tidabeck, Catcher, University of North Georgia
The second catcher drafted because you can never have enough of those.
22nd Round: Dante Biasi, LHP, Hazelton Area High School (Pennsylvania)
The first high schooler taken and also from the same hometown as Joe Maddon.
23rd Round: Delvin Zinn, Shortstop, Itawamba Junior College
See comment from round 19.
24th Round: Rey Rivera, First Base, Chipola College
This looks like a randomly generated name from MLB The Show.
25th Round: Trent Giambrone, Second Base, Delta State University
I thought Delta State was a made up college for movies.
26th Round: Austin Jones, RHP, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
I’ve actually heard this kid has some potential to be a surprise from this draft.
27th Round: Connor Myers, Outfielder, Old Dominion University
Myers is the first outfielder taken by the Cubs in this draft.
28th Round: Ryan Bassett, RHP, Clark Community College
He had a teammate this year that was 5’4” so that’s pretty cool.
29th Round: Tyler Peyton, RHP, University of Iowa
Another Big Ten guy and that makes me happy.
30th Round: Montana Parsons, RHP, San Jacinto College
He gets the award for coolest name out of all the guys the Cubs drafted.
31st Round: Brenden Heiss, RHP, Jacobs High School (Illinois)
He is from Algonquin, IL which is right outside of Chicago.
32nd Round: Zach Davis, Outfielder, Texas Tech University
Pretty decent college centerfielder. Cubs may have found something here late.
33rd Round: Nathan Sweeney, RHP, Cherry Creek High School (Colorado)
Throwback to Ryan Sweeney. (No relation as far as I know.)
34th Round: Davis Daniel, RHP, St. James School (Alabama)
I don’t trust a guy with 2 first names.
35th Round: Ryan Kreidler, Third Base, Davis Senior High School (California)
Go watch a YouTube video of this kid. Big bat but boy does he look funny running.
36th Round: Jake Slaughter, Shortstop, Ouachita Christian School (Louisiana)
My new favorite MLB The Show name.
37th Round: Davis Moore, RHP, Los Osos High School (California)
6’4” and 185. Super lanky but that means you can still add some velo.
38th Round: Tolly Filotei, Outfielder, Faulkner State Community College
This is my favorite pick. A man named Tolly from Faulkner State CC. Cinderalla story.
39th Round: Anthony Block, LHP, Newport High School (Washington)
Not too many guys coming out of Washington state.
40th Round: DJ Roberts, RHP, Atlantic Coast High School (Florida)
First name is Deundre and that is pretty cool. 2 way player but much better pitcher.