With the free agent signings of Jason Heyward and John Lackey, the Cubs were shut out on Day 1 of the draft but they selected seven college pitchers and a college backstop on Day 2.
3rd Round— Thomas Hatch, RHP, Oklahoma State, Pick 104—Slot Value $573,900
A sprained UCL sidelined the 21-year-old last season but rebounded this year and was named the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year. In 16 starts, he went 7-2 with a 2.16 ERA with 102 strikeouts and 28 walks Fastball sits in the low 90s and he also throws a slider, curve and change-up.
4th Round—Tyson Miller, RHP, California Baptist—Pick 134—Slot Value $429,700
Millers sports a three-pitch arsenal with a low 90s fastball, a slider and a change-up. He made 15 starts for the Lancers, going 9-3 with a 2.27 ERA with 92 K in 107 innings. An alum of the Cape Cod League, the Division II product is the highest player drafted in school history.
5th Round—Bailey Clark, RHP, Duke—Pick 164—Slot Value $321,800
Started the year in Duke’s rotation but by the end of the year was in the bullpen after struggling with his command. A fastball in the mid-90s and a plus slider, Clark was regarded as one of the top college arms coming into the season after pitching in the Cape and for the U.S collegiate national team.
6th Round—Chad Hockin, RHP, Cal-State Fullerton—Pick 194—Slot Value $241,000
A relief pitcher for the Titans, Hockin features a fastball that reaches the upper 90s and a hard slider in the upper 80s when healthy. Hockin missed time this season with an arm injury but drew plenty of attention last summer on the Cape. He appeared in 20 games for Fullerton in his third season, posting a 1.05 ERA with 23 K in 25.2 innings.
7th Round—Michael Cruz , C, Bethune-Cookman—Pick 224—Slot Value $186,000
A product of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, the junior backstop hit .325/.461/.605 with a team-high 16 homers to go along with 38 walks and 25 strikeouts. He threw out 7-of-23 runners and his left-handed bat is favored over his defense. He spent his first two years in college at Claredon College and named a 2014 All-American.
8th Round— Stephen Ridings, RHP, Haverford College—Pick 254—Slot Value $173,800
A second-team All-Centennial Conference performer this season for the Division III school, the 6-foot-8 righty led the team with 87 strikeouts in 65.1 innings and went 6-3 with a 2.62 RA in 12 games, 11 starts. Some scouts had Ridings clocked in the mid-90s this spring.
9th Round— Duncan Robinson, RHP, Dartmouth—Pick 284—Slot Value $ 162,300
The Ivy League’s Pitcher of the Year in 2015 made 11 starts in 2016, striking out 73 hitters in 68.2 innings with a fastball in the low 90s. Standing 6-foot-6, Robinson does a good job repeating his delivery as he only walked seven hitters this spring.
10th Round—Dakota Mekkes, RHP, Michigan State—Pick 314—Slot Value $156,000
Working out of the Spartans bullpen for two seasons, the red-shirt sophomore appeared in 28 games this year and not many hitters made contact. He fanned 94 and walked 41 in 57 innings as the 6-foot-7 Michigan native’s deceptive delivery gave batters problems.