Chicago Cubs: Re-hashing some of Theo Epstein’s recent draft picks

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Chicago Cubs: 2016 3rd round – No. 104 overall 2B Cavan Biggio

This one is fun and still fits the mold. The Cubs in 2016 did not have a first-round pick. The club also did not have a second-round pick. In the third round, at number 104 overall, Chicago selected a pitcher out of the Oklahoma State University named Tom Hatch.

Hatch was up and down at OSU. In his first season, Hatch posted a 5.28 ERA in nine starts. The following season, Hatch bounced back, posting a 2.14 ERA in 19 starts. Cavan Biggio was in a similar spot at the University of Notre Dame, finishing with a career .272/.406/.425 line in 167 games.

Biggio ended up going to the Toronto Blue Jays two rounds later. Reaching on Biggio would have given the Cubs the stability they have so desperately needed for a couple of seasons now. Addison Russell has never been the answer. Bringing Biggio in would have given him a clear path to the majors within a year or two.

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However, Biggio only made his major league debut this season, so maybe things wouldn’t have been different in that span. The 24-year-old displayed his talent, slashing .234/.364/.429 with a 114 wRC+. Biggio was also worth 2.4 WAR, hitting 16 home runs with 14 stolen bases. A middle infield with Báez and Biggio is a fun one to imagine.