Wading into the surplus of high school talent in the 2021 MLB Draft would fit the Cubs’ narrative and direction.
In today’s current climate, the draw as a top high school draft prospect is not as alluring in year’s past. For one, the job security aspect continues to sizzle, and the young men looking for that opportunity may leverage it to their advantage. On the flip side, as has been the case for many years, it does not matter if you find yourself at the top of the class or middle of the pack. Talent generates success. Mike Trout was a 25th overall pick.
The Cubs have slowly begun letting the air out of the tires instead of ripping off the bandaid, leaning into a mentality of curiosity enmeshed with frustration depending on who you talk to about the reported financial woes plaguing the organization, leading to a polarization among fans.
Rebuilding the system is the clear priority for the President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer and company. Last summer, for the first time in eight seasons, the Cubs turned their eyes outward to the prep world, selecting shortstop Ed Howard out of Mount Carmel High School. Mount Carmel also happens to be half an hour down the road from Wrigley Field.
We are still seven months out from the 2021 MLB Draft however it is never too early to take a gander at the goods in terms of talent. This year is critical for Hoyer as it is his first draft since taking over for Theo Epstein back in November. Let us hope the heir to the throne has been doing his homework.