While the players taken in the first two rounds get a fist full of cash and a top prospect label, Day 3 of the draft provides hundreds of players the ability to chase their dreams of the big leagues. It also allows teams the ability to find the diamond in the rough and develop talent.
Outfielders Rashad Crawford (11th) and Bijan Rademacher (13) were Day 3 picks back in 2012; Trevor Clifton went in the 12th round in 2013; and Chesny Young (14th), Jeremy Null (15th), Brad Markey (19th) and Zach Hedges (26th) didn’t hear their names called until the third day of the draft in 2014.
South Bend’s roster is filled with Day 3 picks from last year’s draft including C P.J. Higgins (12th), LHP Kyle Twomey (13th), RHP Scott Effross (15th), RHP Casey Bloomquist (17th), RHP Kyle Miller (19th), LHP John Williamson (23rd), IF Sutton Whiting (24th) and Ian RIce (29th).
Here's the Cubs Day 3 Picks
11th Round Pick (#344)— Michael Rucker, RHP, Brigham Young
Rucker was named a third-team All-American after leading the Cougars in ERA (2.73) strikeouts (94), and innings (102.2). He started his college career at Gonzaga and transferred to BYU after his freshman season. He appeared in 23 games as a red-shirt sophomore, making six starts bad throwing 67 innings with a 2.96 ERA.
12th Round Pick (#374)—Trey Cobb, RHP, Oklahoma State
Used as a starter and out of the bullpen this season, the right-hander recorded 91 strikeouts while walking 28 in 72.2 innings. He earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors in 2015, making 31 relief appearances.
13th Round Pick (#404)— Wyatt Short, LHP, Mississippi
Led Ole Miss with 11 saves this season as a junior, posting a 2.90 ERA in 40.1 innings with 31 K and 10 BB. He earned second-team SEC honors as a sophomore, recording 10 saves with a 1.38 ERA with 44 K in 39 innings.
14th Round Pick (#434)— Parker Dunshee, RHP, Wake Forest
An all-star on the Cape last summer, Dunshee has spent his Demon Deacon career working both as a starter and out of the bullpen. He served as the Friday night starter this season, going 10-5 with a 3.20 ERA in 101 innings, recording 102 strikeouts.
15th Round Pick (#464)—Jed Carter, RHP, Auburn-Montgomery
Appeared in 29 games out of the bullpen and led the team with 16 saves while posting a 1.85 ERA. Before arriving on the Montgomery campus, he spent two years playing at Lurleen Wallace Community College in Alabama.
16th Round Pick (#494)— Holden Cammack, RHP, Oral Roberts
A red-shirt freshman who pitched for Costal Carolina in 2014 before Tommy John surgery ended his year. He transferred to Oral Roberts and made 20 relief appearances with a 1.22 ERA, recording 40 K in 31 innings this spring. He started his college career with two years at Blinn Junior College.
17th Round Pick (#524)— Zack Short, SS, Sacred Heart University
Has earned all-NEC honors all three seasons and hit .241/.352/.399 this year with 18 stolen bases. He led the NEC as a sophomore with nine homers and 33 walks
18th Round Pick (#554)—Marc Huberman, LHP, USC
Led the Trojans with a 1.94 ERA, appearing in 26 games in relief and logging 41.2 innings with 45 K and 32 BB. He spent most of his four-year career in the USC bullpen and earned PAC 12 honors a junior.
19th Round Pick (#584)— Matt Swarmer, RHP, Kutztown University
The ace of the Golden Bears staff, Swarmer fanned 85 hitters in 58.1 innings, making 10 starts and going 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA. In four years at Kutztown, Swarmer ranks 6th in school history with 224 strikeouts and is third with 14 saves.
20th Round Pick (#614)— Colton Freeman, LHP, Alabama
The junior only appeared in seven games for the Tide, fanning 18 in 9.2 innings. He pitched his freshman year and only pitched in five games as a sophomore, also playing as a position player. He’s only thrown 16 innings during his college career.
21st Round Pick (#644)— Samuel Tidaback, C, North Georgia
The second catcher selected by the Cubs, the Chicago area native prepped at Providence Catholic and attended Ball State for two season season before transferring. Tidaback slugged 20 homers in two years at North Georgia and slashed .332/.408/.549.
22nd Round PIck (#674)—Dante Biasi, LHP, Hazleton Area HS (PA)
Committed to Penn State, the left-hander had Tommy John surgery on May 24 and will need to decide to rehab with the Cubs or in college. He sports a fastball in the 90s and is from the hometown of Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
23rd Round Pick (#704)—Delvin Zinn, SS, Itawamba JC
Drafted by Cubs last year, Zinn transferred from Mississippi State and enrolled in junior college. Known more his glove, Zinn hit .411/.464/.457 with 34 RBI and led the team with seven stolen bases. He walked 16 times and fanned 14.
24th Round Pick (#734)—Rey Rivera 1B, Chipola JC
Named to the Panhandle Conference first-team as an outfielder, the Cubs drafted the 6-foot-6 freshman as a first baseman. The Puerto Rican native hit .379/.479/.647 with 10 homers and 67 RBI in 56 games.
25th Round Pick (#764)— Trent Giambrone, 2B Delta State
A Rawlings Gold Glove winner and an honorable mention all-american, he hit .386/.433/.601 with nine homers and 52 RBI in 59 starts. Giambrone spent his first two years of college at Jones County JC in Mississippi.
26th Round Pick (#794)— Austin Jones, RHP, Wisconsin-Whitewater
Missed most the 2015 season after two starts and only threw 12.2 innings this year but Cubs scouts must have seen something in the 6-foot-2 right-hander as a freshman to get selected.
27th Round Pick (#824)— Connor Myers, CF, Old Dominion
A four-year starter with the Monarchs and the all-time leader with 224 games played, Myers hit .310/.379/.472 with 6 HR and 19 stolen bases. The Cubs drafted P.J. Higgins last year out of Old Dominion.
28th Round Pick (#854)— Rian Bassett RHP, Clark JC (WA)
Went 1-5 with a 4.36 ERA in nine starts for the Washington State community college with 37 K and 21 BB in 45.1 IP. Also worked out of the bullpen at the end of the season and the 6-foot-5 righty was a member of the basketball team as a freshman.
29th Round Pick (#884)— Tyler Peyton, RHP, Iowa
An All-American in 2014 and the Reds 33rd round pick last June, Peyton returned for his senior year and didn’t have the same success on the mound, going 4-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 12 starts. A two-way player, Peyton hit .335/.412/.507 with 4 HR for the Hawkeyes this season and had a career slash of .335/.419/.458 in three years.
30th Round Pick (#914)— Montana Parsons, RHP, San Jacinto North
Recruited as a senior out of Woodland High School in Texas and attended Texas State as a freshman, going 0-4 with a 4.01 ERA. Headed to Baylor if he doesn’t sign with Cubs, Parsons started 13 games for San Jacinto and posted a 5-5 mark with a 2.38 ERA with 74 K in 64.1 innings.
31st Round Pick (#944)—Brenden Heiss, RHP, Jacobs HS (IL)
The Chicago area prep had a pre-draft workout at Wrigley but its likely Heiss and his mid-90s fastball is headed to Arkansas to continue his baseball career.
32nd Round Pick (#974)—Zach Davis, OF, Texas Tech
Only made six starts for Texas Tech and hit .256/.420/.308 in 41 games,13-for-13 in stolen bases. A career .382 OBP in four seasons.
33rd Round Pick (#1004)—Nathan Sweeney, RHP, Cherry Creek HS (CO)
The Colorado prep has a scholarship offer to Arizona if he doesn’t come to terms. Reports have his fastball in the low 90s.
34th Round Pick (#1034)—Davis Daniel, RHP, St. James School HS
Daniel has a fastball in the low 90s and the Alabama prep has a scholarship to Auburn.
35th Round Pick (#1064)—Ryan Kreidler, 3B, Davis Senior HS (CA)
Its unlikely the Cubs will keep the California prep from his football scholarship to UCLA.
36th Round Pick (#1094)—Jake Slaughter, SS, Ouachita Christian School HS (LA)
The two-sport star help lead his high school to the state football title and has a baseball scholarship to LSU.
37th Round Pick (#1124)—Davis Moore, RHP, Los Osos HS (CA)
Likely headed to Fresno State where he’ll be used as a two-way player, spending time in the outfield when he’s not pitching.
38th Round Pick (#1154)— Tolly Filotei, CF, Faulkner State CC
Cubs may be able to sign Filotei who hit .268/.373/.338 in 36 games.
39th Round Pick (#1184)— Anthony Block, LHP, Newport HS (WA)
Committed to Washington State, the lefty sports a decent fastball and a sweeping curve.
40th Round Pick (#2014)—D.J. Roberts, RHP, Atlantic Coast HS (FL)
Roberts and his fastball that’s been clocked in the upper 90s is headed to the University of South Florida.