Baseball America breaks down ’13 Cubs’ draft class


June 15, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein greets reporters before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune  recently delved into Baseball America’s evaluation of the Cubs’ 2013 draft class, and with little surprise, first-round pick Kris Bryant leads the pack, named the organization’s best pure hitter and power hitter.

The report shows that Bryant, who shared Arizona Fall League Player of the Week honors last week, has a promising future ahead of him – if all pans out. So far, he has hit .423 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in just six games for Mesa.

Multiple rumors have him as a potential Player of the Week again should he continue this torrid pace.

Apart from Bryant, several other prospects from this year’s draft class received mention in the evaluation, including the team’s ninth-round pick Carcer Burks, who was named the fastest Cubs’ player in the draft.

Chicago third-round pick, Jacob Hannemann – an outfielder, was named the best defensive player, despite missing most of the 2013 campaign due to an elbow injury. However, according to Gonzales, he looked “impressive” during Instructional League earlier this year.

On the pitching side of things, fourth-rounder Tyler Skulina possesses the best secondary pitch – a “sharp-latebreaking slider closed in the low 80 mph range” and sixth-round pick Scott Frazier has a 97 mph – the tops in this year’s Chicago draft class.