World Series or bust. That’s how many people in Chicago feel when it comes to their beloved Cubs.
So you’ll excuse them if the baseball draft is not high on their list of things to follow.
However, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an organization that has benefited from the MLB Draft as much as the north-siders. Each of their first-round selections from 2011 (Javier Baez), 2012 (Albert Almora), 2013 (Kris Bryant), and 2014 (Kyle Schwarber) played a part in bringing home the city’s first championship in 108 years.
For all of you that do, in fact, track and monitor the future of the organization as much as the present, here’s a quick look at the 2018 selections that recently entered the MLB Pipeline list of Top 30 prospects.
No. 6 Nico Hoerner (SS)
- 1st Round; 24th overall — Stanford
No. 14 Cole Roederer (OF)
- 2nd Round Competitive Balance; 77th overall — Hart HS (CA)
No. 15 Brennen Davis (OF)
2nd Round; 62nd overall — Basha HS (AZ)
Hoerner shot through two of the lower ranks before joining the full-season affiliate in the Midwest League. However, while playing for Class-A South Bend, his season came to an end after straining an elbow ligament. He posted a .327 batting average — which increased at every step — over his first 49 minor-league games.
The pair of 18-year-old outfielders have spent their summer playing for the AZL Cubs 2 squad. Roederer — having posted five home runs, 24 RBI, and 30 runs scored in 161 plate appearances — has shown well in his pro debut.
A full MLB rundown can be found here.