Cubs finished off the draft on Saturday, ending the three-day event with 21 pitchers, six catchers, seven infielders and six outfielders with their 40 picks. How many of those 40 they sign, remains to be seen. Last year the Cubs inked deals with 22 of their top 24 picks but only added two more, including none of the last nine.
While the Cubs draft allotment is less than last year, they may actually have more money to spend on day three selections after reported under slot deals with their first- and third-round picks. Some of that money will be used to sign the three high school arms they drafted with picks 4-5-6 as well as seventh-round pick James Norwood. It should also be noted that not every high schooler is ready for the grind of pro ball and benefit from going to school.
The high schoolers on this list will likely honor their college commit but if deals with picks after the 10th round fall through, and if extra money becomes available the Cubs could add top young talent. You can find video and scouting reports on Depperman, Bass, and Peters. They may get a few of the college players but all have the ability to go back to school and try to improve their draft position next year.
Here's a look at the final 10 picks.
Round 31—Brad Deppermann, RHP, East Lake High School, FL, Throws: Right; Bats: Right. The North Florida commit is listed at 6-foot but when Scout.com's Kiley McDaniel saw him this spring said was 5-foot-9. His fastball sits 91-93 and McDaniel said he had three average or better pitches, and projected him as a top five round pick as he jumped on the scene this spring. He was ranked #171 by Scout.com's Draft Board.
Round 32— Andrew Ely, 2B, University of Washington (JR), Throws: Right; Bats: Left. The Eagle, Idaho native name appeared on every PAC-12 list—all-conference team, All-defensive team, and second-team All-Academic. He led the nation with 26 sacrifice bunts and led the PAC-12 in double plays and fielding percentage for second basemen. While noted for his defense, the 21-year-old hit .300/.393/.411/ in 59 games with three homers, 34 RBI, and a 19-game hitting streak.
Round 33— Brad Bass, RHP, Lincolnway Central High School (IL), Throws: Right; Bats: Right. Considered one of the top 100 high school prospects, Bass is headed to Notre Dame unless the Cubs can convince the Chicago area prep to turn pro. A fastball in the low 90s, the 6-foot-6 215-pounder was ranked #228 on Scout's Draft Board.
Round 34— Steven Kane, RHP, Cypress College, (J3), Throws: Right; Bats: Right. The 21-year-old has a scholarship to Tennessee after leading Cypress with 10 starts, finishing 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA. He fanned 50 while walking 15. A 28th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 2013 MLB Draft, Kane was named the California Pitcher of the Year as a freshman after posting a 13-0 record and a 2.00 ERA with 88 K and 108 IP. He throws three pitches including a fastball in the low 90s.
Round 35— Jordan Minch, LHP, Purdue University (So.), Throws: Left; Bats: Left. It was a big week for for the 20-year-old from Highland, Indiana. On Monday he got a pre-draft workout at Wrigley Field and on Saturday his favorite team drafted him. After a big freshman year, Minch struggled in his 14 starts this season, allowing 102 hits in 86.2 innings. He had a BB/K ratio of 36:52 and a BAA of .300. His freshman season was a different story, as he set Purdue freshman records with 63 K, 81.1 IP and games started. He was named to the All-Big ten Freshman team. Minch is a draft-eligible sophomore because of his age.
Round 36— D.J. Peters, OF, Glendora High School, CA Throws: Right; Bats: Right. Peters is likely headed to Ca-Sate Fullerton after slipping this late in the draft and was ranked 170 on Scout.com draft board. An outfielder in high school, Peters best tool is his power bat, hitting .403/.515/.753 in 26 games this spring.
Round 37— Riley Adams, C, Canyon Crest Academy High School, CA, Throws: Right; Bats: Right. The San Diego prep catcher has a strong commit to San Diego University so its unlikely the Cubs are able to sign. McDaniel had Adam ranked as the 30th best prospect in Southern California in his pre-season rankings. The 17-year-old is 6-foot-5 and hit .455/.635/.805 with 5 HR and 22 RBI in 31 games.
Round 38— Daniel Wasinger, C Eastlake High School, TX, Throws: Right; Bats: Both. The son of former MLB infielder Mark Wasinger (1986-88), the El Paso native is a switch-hitting catcher with ties to the Cubs front office. Basinger's dad was a scout for the Red Sox during Theo's tenure. Cubs may be able to sign the switch-hitting Texas backstop as he doesn't have a college scholarship yet.
Round 39— David Petrino, IF, Central Arizona College, (J2) Throws: Right; Bats: Right. Committed to Oklahoma State, Petrino is likely to continue his college career and improve his draft stock with a year in the Big-12. The 5-for-11, 200-pounder hit .426/.470/.585 with two homers, 19 doubles and 40 RBI in his second year of junior college.
Round 40— Diamond Johnson, CF, Hillsborough High School, Tampa FL, Throws: Right; Bats: Right. A two-sport star from Tampa has already committed to at St. Petersburg Community College. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder hit .324/.447/.382 as a senior with 19 stolen bases and didn't show any power during his high school career. Will be interesting to see if Johnson wants to become a pro baseball player or try to improve his draft stock next year with a season in JC.