Cubs: Here are the five Chicago Cubs 2020 Draftees

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Chicago Cubs: This guy was once a pretty athletic shortstop…

First off- I’m not here to try and tell anyone that Ed Howard IV is going to be the second coming of Ernie Banks. If he is, the Cubs will have done exceptionally well in this draft regardless of what the rest of the guys in this slide show do. Howard is probably not going to hit 512 career home runs, and he probably won’t have a statue outside of Wrigley Field in 50 years. But wouldn’t it be fantastic?

Picture this: hometown kid Howard with a statue outside of Wrigley and a flag flying from a pole on the scoreboard. While it’s way too early to project much of anything with a guy who hasn’t even faced college pitching, let alone professional hurlers, it’s safe to say that from what scouts are saying, Howard may have the chops to stick at the most versatile position on the field. If you can play short, you can play anywhere- an idea you hear all the time when talking about guys like Javier Baez and Nico Hoerner getting moved around the field.

The 6’2″ 185 lb. Southside (Mt. Carmel) product, which everyone around Chicago already knows from his Jackie Robinson West Little League days back in 2014, Howard had dreams of being a hometown pick of the White Sox. This team helped him along in his quest for big-league glory through their ACE program. He’s a fan of White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and has even communicated with his idol. If he ends up any bit like Banks or even Anderson, the Cubs have done a marvelous job with this mid-round pick.