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Re: Cubs Draft 2020
« Reply #30 on: June 10, 2020, 08:11:31 pm »
Definitely not underslot like the Red Sox did, who don’t have a second round pick so that makes it even weirder.

Howard wasn’t a guy I thought would get to the Cubs. I like the pick a lot.
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Re: Cubs Draft 2020
« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2020, 08:13:39 pm »
Mitchell to the Brewers.

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« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2020, 08:14:27 pm »
Brewers at 20 and Cards at 21...I hope Mitchell doesn’t fall to them. I don’t want to hate him.

 Brewers got him  :-\

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« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2020, 08:22:25 pm »
Is Howard, Elston's grandson?  Is he Ryan's nephew or little brother?  Distant relative of Frank Howard?

Curly's great-grandnephew.

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« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2020, 09:11:42 pm »
Howard posted a work out video this AM. Dude is a lot bigger than his junior year.

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« Reply #35 on: June 10, 2020, 09:14:15 pm »
At least you guys did not pass on abel... Wtf white sox.

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« Reply #36 on: June 10, 2020, 09:30:29 pm »
I like the guy they got.  If they both remain uninjured, the lefty will be the more valuable pitcher.

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Re: Cubs Draft 2020
« Reply #37 on: June 10, 2020, 10:32:23 pm »

Patrick Mooney
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Cubs VP of scouting Dan Kantrovitz calls drafting Ed Howard at No. 16: “Literally our best-case scenario.”

9:18 PM · Jun 10, 2020
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Re: Cubs Draft 2020
« Reply #38 on: June 10, 2020, 10:52:38 pm »

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« Reply #39 on: June 10, 2020, 11:10:52 pm »
Exciting to have a good young player added to the system. 

We've got a new draft boss with a successful resume; I'm totally fine to trust his evaluation process until/unless it proves unsound. 

Howard seems well respected in all of the draft-value rankings, somewhere in the top-25 by everybody and in the top 10-15 by some.  So this seems like a more mainstream pick than many Cubs picks over the last decade.  (Simpson, Schwarber, Jensen, Hoerner, and Little were all variably unexpected and taken variably higher than where mainstream media rankings and projections anticipated them.)

I like the concept of having a Chicago kid.  Perhaps when free agency approaches, if he's hopefully good enough to demand a meaningful FA contract someday, he'll have more reason to prefer to stay home? 

Just from brief practice-field video at mlb, I kinda likes what it showed.  Seemed kinda boring and straightforward and balanced, without the big leg-kick that has been common for many Cub prospects past. 

Somebody earlier mentioned Barry Larkin and Addison Russell.  I wonder if Russell isn't in some ways a good analogy defensively?  Wasn't fast, didn't have the flashy big arm, but his shortstop defense was so smooth and economical, got ball from glove to throw very quickly, very accurate. 

Obviously you're not looking for Russell's personality or his crummy bat, but a Russell-esque defender with a good bat, and with brains and integrity, would be a very nice value. 
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« Reply #40 on: June 10, 2020, 11:17:23 pm »
With no evidence, I'm speculating he'll sign for around slot.  I doubt they'd need to have promised a big super-slot.  Likewise I doubt that he'd have agreed to under-slot.

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« Reply #41 on: June 10, 2020, 11:57:08 pm »
Howard went right about the middle of his projected range.  No reason to think he'll be far off slot money.

From what I've seen Howard definitely has a better arm than Russell.  His defense looks to be solid, unspectacular with no major weaknesses.  He'll go as far as his bat takes him.

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Re: Cubs Draft 2020
« Reply #42 on: June 11, 2020, 12:52:10 am »
BA points out:

“With the Cubs expected to sign Dominican shortstop Cristian Hernandez (the top prospect in the 2020 international class for some scouts), that's a dynamic haul of premium shortstops coming for the organization.”

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« Reply #43 on: June 11, 2020, 06:39:48 am »
I would have preferred a college player who's closer to contributing and sooner or later we're gonna have to develop some pitching but everyone seems to love this pick so I cant really hate on a kid I know nothing about.

I read a lot on Twitter about the pick being perfect for the times we're in.

If someone wants to twist that in a negative way its not my words or opinion.

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« Reply #44 on: June 11, 2020, 01:35:45 pm »
Longenhagen at Fangraphs:

“I think Howard is a stud, evaluated with the same FV as the kind of players who sit at the top of most international signing classes. He has feel to hit, is going to stay at shortstop, and he’s going to get stronger as he matures and hit for power without needing a swing overhaul......Howard almost went at 10 and was in Philly’s mix at 15.”