After turning heads in the first the Cubs had a very solid second day of the draft in my opinion. So let’s take a look at some the notable selections on the second day of the draft.
2nd Round- Reggie Golden, Outfielder, Wetumpka High School in Alabama
I like the selection of Reggie Golden for the Chicago Cubs. He has been described as a speed player that possesses raw power. His swing could need some work as it has been described as wild. Golden has good raw power but he needs to work on incorporating that power into his swing. While Golden does have good range in the outfield, he is going to have to work on his arm strength and fielding abilities as they are ranked as below average. Golden has been characterized as a “high risk, high reward” type of a player, who is capable of becoming a 5-tool player.
3rd Round- Micah Gibbs, Catcher, LSU
Behind Geovany Soto, and Koyie Hill the Cubs do not really have a top catching prospect, which made sense for them to grab Gibbs with their 3rd round choice. While Gibbs may not have been the best catcher in this year’s draft, he may be the best all-around catcher in this class. As, he has hit for good average while playing with the LSU tigers, and he could be an “average” power hitter. Gibbs is a very good defensive catcher as he has good hands and feet when he is working behind the plate. Their is question though on whether or not Gibbs is capable of playing everyday.
26th Round- Bryan Harper, LHP, Southern Nevada
While his younger brother and top overall pick of the MLB Draft, Bryce might receive all the attention, Bryan Harper has the potential to be a quality left handed pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. This past season in college, Bryan posted a 10-1 record with a 2.18 ERA while striking out 88 in 57 2/3 innings pitched. Harper is a 6’5 lefty that can reach 92 MPH with his fastball, which is something that is rare for a left hander to actually do. Coupled with his fastball, Harper completes a very good 3 pitch mix with his changeup and his curveball. The knock on Harper has been that he has not always pitched like he is 6’5 and he could need to improve his control with his pitches.
For a complete list on the Cubs draft selections, click here