Draft Recap, Day #1

Posted by Lionel on June 9, 2009.

With the 31st pick in tonight's draft, the Cubs selected Brett Jackson, a left-hand hitting CF from Cal Berkeley. BA had Jackson ranked as the second best athlete among college position players (you may have to re-read that one to understand what it means) and the #34 prospect overall. The question becomes whether the 6-2, 210 lber will have enough speed to stay at center. According to Bob Brenly (who saw him play against his son and with his son in a summer league), he can. If he has to move to a corner, there's some concern that the 20 year old won't have enough power. The other knock on Jackson is that he lacks a little plate discipline. Jackson hit .321 with 8 HR's and 11 stolen bases this year.

In the second round (79th overall), the Cubs selected David LeMahieu, a righthanded hitting infielder from LSU (yes, another infielder from LSU). But LeMahieu doesn't suffer from the same height deprivation that The Riot and lil Mikey suffer from, as he goes 6-4, 200 lbs. Why is he labeled a infielder, instead of a specific position? Well, he started as LSU's starting shortstop, but was moved to second in late April. And at 6-4, 200 lbs, he will probably fill out and if so, would be better suited at third. LeMahieu was a bit of a "value" pick, because he came out of last year's prestigious Cape Cod league as BA's #6 prospect and was picked pre-season as a mid-first rounder. Before the draft, BA had him ranked 73rd overall. He hit .335 with 4 HR's and 8 stolen bases this year. He was drafted in the 41st round in the '07 draft by the Tigers.

In the third and final round of the evening, the Cubs selected Austin Kirk as the 109th player selected in this year's draft. Kirk is a left-handed pitcher out of high school, but is actually 19 years old. He was ranked as the 151st best player overall by BA. As most high schoolers who get drafted high, he dominated. He went 9-1 with a 0.45 ERA and 111 K's in just 62 innings of work. He had better than a 5 to 1 K/W ratio. He also plays first base. Kirk has signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Oklahoma this fall.

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Comments (2)

Jacob Detroy

June 9, 2009 at 9:57 PM

I am surprised/confused on why Max Stassi was not not selected on the first night - he was projected late 1st round. Certainly, there is more at stake than signability. It would be nice to see the Cubs go after him if he is still around in round 4. I like his bat and potential for a C.


June 10, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Stassi was ranked as the #30 prospect by BA in this year's draft, so it is a little surprising. While the Cubs say they focus on getting the best player available, I'm not sure that's not spin. They took a CF, 2-sack/3-sack, and a left handed pitcher. If you look at their system, they have a need at all three of those positions. The Cubs have their greatest depth at SS and catcher, so Stassi wouldn't necessarily be a need.

Stassi has also kept his signing demands close to the vest, but you have to wonder if the numbers he was requesting had scared some teams off.