Thanks for all your input on the first diary post. What I’ve got below is an attempt to distill a “big board” for 1.6 based on the comments, and then a few guys to look at in the supplemental round. (I’m still fleshing out a list for the 2nd/3rd round, so if I'd love to hear if you've got any suggestions of favorites.)
The supplemental round picks, as timh815 suggested, should probably be somewhat colored by whether the mock Cubs go HS or college at 1.6--though I feel like if the mock Cubs draft Correa at 1.6, and then the right HS guy is available at 1.43, like Trahan or Weickel, it wouldn’t be too unrealistic to tab that guy and go “signable” for the remaining three picks. Many of these guys have gone in the first round in some mocks, but if I estimated there was a >25% chance they might fall to 1.43, I listed them. (Guys like Shaffer and McCullers would both be awesome at 1.43, for example, but it seems highly unlikely they’d make it there.)
Comments on these guys (yeas or nays) and other suggestions are more than welcome. Thanks.
1.6: Gausman, Zunino, Buxton, Correa, Appel, Zimmer, Fried (in that order)
X-factor: Giolito—if there are reliable positive reports on his elbow, he enters the discussion, and might be top four-ish.
Late riser: Almora. I have a feeling he’s among the ten guys the Cubs are considering, and Callis had the Cubs tabbing him over Correa at #6, fwiw.
1.43/1.53 (in no particular order):
College Position Players: Peter O’Brien (C Miami); Kevin Plawecki (C Purdue); Josh Elander (C TCU); Nolan Fontana (SS Florida); Dylan Baker (RHP Nev. St.); Stephen Piscotty (3B Stanford); Tyler Naquin (OF TX A&M); Travis Jankowski (OF Stony Brook); Barrett Barnes (OF TX Tech)
College Pitchers: Brian Johnson (LHP Florida); Pierce Johnson (RHP Missouri St.); Alex Wood (LHP UGA)
High School Position Players: Joey Gallo (3b); Stryker Trahan (C); Addison Russell (SS); Nelson Rodriguez (C); David Dahl (OF); Clint Coulter (C); Jesse Winker (OF)
High School Pitchers: Kieran Lovegrove (RHP); Walker Weickel (RHP); Lucas Sims (RHP); J.O. Berrios (RHP); Clate Schmidt (RHP)