It’s no secret the Chicago Cubs would love to stock their farm system with power pitchers.

But the chances of landing left-hander Carlos Rodon of North Carolina State with the fourth overall pick in the June draft are much slimmer than their chances of landing Japanese free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

Nevertheless, the Cubs will embark on their evaluations next week by watching college scrimmages and expand their coverage once college and high school games start in mid-February.

“We feel we know who the top five are today,” said Jason McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development. “We’ll spend a lot of time with them. As things change, we’ll just scout the guy we think has the most impact for us.”

Rodon is regarded as the top player in the draft, with Jeff Hoffman of East Carolina regarded as the second best available pitcher.

According to McLeod, there’s a deep pool of talented high school pitchers and “interesting”college position players.