Cubs Draft Report Card
Best Pro Debut: LHP Justin Jones (2) was the top pitching prospect in the Rookie-level Arizona League, while LHP Luke Hagerty (1) was rated second-best in the short-season Northwest League. Both struck out more hitters than they allowed to reach base. OF Micah Hoffpauir (13), SS Jemel Spearman (16) and 3B Donnie Hood (18) all earned league all-star honors, with Spearman leading the AZL in runs (46) and steals (29 in 30 attempts).
Best Athlete: 3B Matt Craig (3) or OF Jason Fransz (8). RHP Billy Petrick (3) was one of the top long-snapper recruits in the nation but gave up a Washington State football scholarship to sign with the Cubs.
Best Pure Hitter: OF Adam Greenberg (9) hit .384 in 21 high Class A games.
Best Raw Power: 1B Brian Dopirak (2) didnt homer in 21 pro games, but he was considered the top power hitter in the draft. His swing and approach need refinement.
Fastest Runner: The Cubs repeatedly clocked OF Chris Walker (6) from the right side of the plate to first base in 3.85 seconds, which is rare speed. He and Spearman were teammates at Georgia Southern.
Best Defensive Player: SS/2B Joey Monahan (7) or Greenberg.
Best Fastball: Before he came down with biceps tendinitis, RHP Bobby Brownlie (1) threw 94-97 mph. He has yet to return to Rutgers as he continues to negotiate with the Cubs. Among the players Chicago has signed, the 6-foot-8 Hagerty threw in the mid-90s more consistently in the NWL than he did in college. RHP Chadd Blasko (1) topped out in the same range in college, while Petrick reached that level in instructional league.
Best Breaking Ball: Jones curveball is a shade better than Hagertys slider, and both improved their breaking stuff as pros. Brownlies curveball is a cut above either of those pitches.
Most Intriguing Background: Monahans brother Shane played briefly with the Mariners, and his father Hartland spent seven seasons in the NHL. His grandfather, Boom-Boom Geoffrion, won six Stanley Cups and a place in the hockey hall of fame. C Alan Ricks (4) father Sam is the baseball coach at St. Johns River (Fla.) CC.
Closest To The Majors: For now, its Hagerty. Assuming Brownlie signs and is healthy, he might not need much more time than Mark Prior took to reach Wrigley Field.
Best Late-Round Pick: Hood, who batted .279-12-42 and may get a look as a catcher.
The One Who Got Away: OF Shawn Scobee (5), now at Cal State Fullerton, should be one of college baseballs top freshman hitters.
Assessment: The Cubs will have arguably the best college pitcher from each of the last two drafts if they sign Brownlie to go with Prior. Theyll still have a good harvest if that doesnt work out, as they used three supplemental first-round choices on Hagerty, Blasko and RHP Matt Clanton and had extra picks in the next three rounds.
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