While power-hitting third baseman Kris Bryant is the centerpiece of the Cubs' draft, scouting czar Jason McLeod says it was the haul of college pitchers that put a smile on President Theo Epstein's face at the end of the first 10 rounds. Missouri left-hander Rob Zastryzny, selected with the 41st overall pick, was a high-priority target and the Cubs were thrilled when Kent State right-hander Tyler Skulina, Texas Tech right-hander Trey Masek and Pepperdine right-hander Scott Frazier were available in rounds four to six. "Last year we took a lot of high school pitchers,'' said McLeod, the Cubs' head of scouting and player development. "This year we decided we wanted to go with more advanced pitchers.'' Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer are looking for pitching depth in the high minors, with prospects pushing for big-league jobs. Zastryzny could get a chance to come quickly, even though he didn't experience a lot of success at Missouri, a second-tier program. Some considered him a reach but the scouting service Perfect Game had projected him to go as high as the second round after a strong finish to this season. He generates some comparison to Mark Buehrle a decade ago but McLeod points out he is taller and may throw harder.
Cubs like draft haul of pitchers
Chicago Tribune | Jun 9