We’re going progressive on this one. I’ll be adding the picks after they are made instead of waiting until the end of the day to post a story. Follow along on twitter @NSidersReport to find out when the picks have been added to the story.
3rd Round Pick (105)— Keegan Thompson, RHP, Auburn University—Slot Value $511,900
The 22-year-old missed all of the 2016 season after Tommy John surgery and returned to the rotation this spring. In 15 starts for the Tigers, Thompson sported a 2.41 ERA in 93.1 innings with 75 strikeouts and 17 walks. The right-hander’s best pitch is his curve, and he throws a fastball in the low 90s. Former member of Team USA’s 16- and 18-and-under gold medal squads. Went undrafted as a prep because of his commitment to Auburn and was the Tigers 33rd round pick last year. Should see some time in Eugene before the end of the year but his innings will be limited, like all draft picks.
4th Round Pick (135)— Erich Uelmen, RHP, Cal-Poly-San Luis Obispo—Slot Value $382,300
Drafted from the same school that produced Myrtle Beach pitcher Casey Bloomquist (17th round-2015), Uelmen has worked his way from the bullpen to the Friday night starter role in three years for the Mustangs. The Las Vegas native spent the summer in the Cape Cod League and opened up some eyes, going 2-1 with 24 K in 24 IP for Yarmouth-Dennis. In 15 starts this year, Uelman was 4-8 with a 2.93 ERA, logging 98.1 innings (100 K, 23 BB). Despite the good strikeout rate in college, Uelmen is considered a pitch to contact guy, slinging a fastball in the low 90s with a slider and change-up. Should get to log some innings in the Northwest League before the end of summer.
Cubs 5th Round Pick (165)— Nelson Velazquez, OF, P.J. Education School (Puerto Rico)—Slot Value $285,500
Baseball America had the 18-year-old ranked as the third best player in Puerto Rico and described his as a “quick-twitch” athlete. The six-foot, 190-poounder will begin his U.S. baseball education this summer in the Arizona Rookie League.
Cubs 6th Round Pick (195)— Jeremy Estrada, RHP, Palm Desert High School—Slot Value $222,600
After s strong showing in the summer showcase circuit, the UCLA commit saw his draft stock drop over the spring as his fastball dropped to the upper 80s and his secondary pitches were nothing like he showed during the summer. The Cubs obviously have done their homework on the 18-year-old and should have no problem coming up with the money needed to keep the right-hander from attending college. When he signs, he’ll begin his pro career in the Arizona Rookie League after beginning the Cubs throwing program.
Cubs 7th Round Pick (225)— Ricky Tyler Thomas, LHP, Fresno State—Slot Value $175,500
A San Diego prep at Mira Mesa High School, Thomas made seven starts as a freshmen for the Bulldogs and then earned All-Mountain West honors as a sophomore after going 9-4 with a 2.16 ERA. The 21-year-old fanned 100 in 90.2 frames this season but issued 52 walks and sported a 4.86 ERA in 15 starts. The lefty spent the summer playing for Team USA and throws a fastball in the high 80’s, a curve and change-up. Cubs may give him a chance to make it as a starter before moving him to the bullpen.
Cubs 8th Round Pick (255)— Austin Filiere, 3B, MIT—Slot Value $148,500
Not know for producing pro baseball players, the MIT junior may be headed to the Cubs after another stellar season at the Division III school. Earning NEWMAC Player of the Year honors for the second straight season, the 21-year-old Arizona native slashed .375/.530/.794 with 13 homers and ended the year with a 64-game on-base streak that started back in 2016. In three seasons at MIT (.414/.543/.809) he’s walked (111) more times than he’s fanned (80), and is 44-48 in stolen base attempts. If he turns pro, Filiere will back in familiar territory in Arizona and may hit his way to the NWL by the end of the summer.
Cubs 9th Round Pick (285)—Chris Carrier, OF, Memphis—Slot Value $137,500
Started 153 games during his four-year career at Memphis, Carrier had his best season as a senior, slashing .330/.438/.641 with 16 homers and 50 RBI. He earned first team American Athletic Conference honors and ended the season with a 21-game hitting streak. A pick to save money, Carrier should start his year in Mesa and make his way to Eugene.
Cubs 10th Round Pick (315)—Brian Glowicki, RHP, Minnesota—Slot Value $131,300
A graduate of Downers Grove High School in suburban Chicago, Glowicki spent four years at Minnesota and recorded 22 saves in 74 appearances. The 5-foot-11 right-hander earned second-team Big Ten honors after recording 16 saves and posting a 2.20 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. After getting this feet wet in Mesa, the 22-year-old should get a spot in Eugene ’s bullpen.
Playing on the Cape
Its no secret that the Cubs covet college players over prep stars for a variety of reasons. The Cubs are also big fans of scouting in the Cape Cod League. First-round picks Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ are all alum of the Cape, as are top picks Brendon Little and Cory Abbott.
In an interview with Baseball America earlier this spring, Little, the Cubs first overall pick, said the Cape Cod League helped turn his career around and gave him confidence coming into the 2017 season. Little pitched out of the bullpen in the Cape, earning all-star honors after fanning 29 in 22 relief innings with a 3.68 ERA for Bourne. Cubs second-round pick Cory Abbott improved his game during the summer of 2016 as the right-hander went from just another arm to the top pitcher in the Western Athletic Conference. In 10 games for Orleans, Abbott was 0-2 with a 3.37 ERA and 24 K in 32 innings after starting the year in the bullpen and ending it with five starts. Look for more Cape products to added over the next two days.