Chicago Cubs: Revisiting the 2020 MLB Draft and the club’s direction

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With the Chicago Cubs just a couple years from potentially seeing their window close, the upcoming 2020 MLB Draft is absolutely critical for the club.

In an earlier draft column, I talked about three potential prospects who could find themselves in Chicago Cubs blue and white next June. Since then, the official draft order has swayed in Chicago’s favor (thanks to dropping 10 of 12 to close out the year), potentially allowing them the chance to select a better player at 16th overall.

In the past couple of seasons, the club has taken college-level talent with their respective first-round picks. In 2018 it was Nico Hoerner out of Stanford University – who, of course, made his big league debut late this year. Last season, the club went with Ryan Jensen from Fresno State University.

Naturally, the draft can be a total crapshoot. Unlike other leagues, namely the National Football League, first-round picks in MLB are far and away never guaranteed. Teams do the best they can with the information they have. Epstein is a strong leader and a smart mind. Whichever direction he ultimately takes the club during the process, Epstein should be trusted. Here are a few guys the team could make their next addition.