Draft Dope: Cubs
(Click the year to view the picks)
Tim Wilken (first year: 2006)Order in 2007 Rotation:
Supplemental first round (48th, for loss of Type B free agent Juan Pierre to Dodgers)Lost Picks:
Second round (68th, for signing Type A free agent Alfonso Soriano)Trend:
The Cubs have spent plenty of money at the top of the draft in recent years, and they usually aren't afraid to go off the board if they believe in a player's talent. However, it sounds like the budget has tightened with the club being sold and on the heels of last year's spending spree, which included the huge deal for Jeff Samardzija. This Year's Outlook:
Chicago has no second-rounder and was bearing down on picks 3 and 48. Scouting director Tim Wilken likes up-the-middle players, but the Cubs need help everywhere.