By: Will Farlow
The Chicago Cubs finished with a third place NL Central position with a record of 84-78. The Northsiders have some long term decisions to make about cornerstones like Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Schwarber. The Cubs have good pitchers in Kyle Hendricks , Quintana, and Yu Darvish but overall an aging rotation. The Cubs have been seen as poor in scouting pitchers , and will look to change that in the 2020 MLB Draft with the many high school and college pitchers that will be available. The Northsiders will leave it to scouting director Dan Kantrovitz to steer them in the right direction long term.
Round 1: Pick 16
Mick Abel RHP Jesuit High School , Oregon
The Chicago Cubs fill a big need with their first pick as they take the Ace high school pitcher Mick Abel. Theo Epstein and company continue the plan to retool for the future as scout Dan Kantrovitz makes a home run first round pick at 16th overall. Abel brings a tall 6'5 height along with improved command and a nasty slider and fastball. I think considering the aging Cubs pitchers this is a good first pick improving the Cubs rotation long term future.
Round 2: Pick 53
Daniel Cabrera OF LSU
The Cubs fill a need in their outfield by taking the LSU outfielder Cabrera. Cabrera in my opinion adds to the depth in the Cubs system of Ian Happ and Cubs prospect Brennan Davis. Cabrera brings his strong defensive play to Chicago along with great hitting. Cabrera brings a low strikeout rate which in my view is not a trait every prospect has on their resume.
Round 3: Pick 88
Kyle Nicolas RHP Ball State
The Cubs continue to take advantage of this pitcher strong draft by stocking up on pitching in their system with Nicolas. The Ball State right hander brings to the North Side a 6'4 size along with good command and the presence on the mound that scares any hitter. Look for Nicolas to develop into a good rotation arm in the future for the Cubs.
Round 4: Pick 117
Jamal O'Guinn 3B USC
The Cubs make a smart long term pick here in round 4 with third baseman Jamal O'Guinn. The future of Kris Bryant in Chicago is up in the air so this ia a safe pick by scout Dan Kantrovitz getting the green light from Theo Epstein for this pick. O'Guinn shows good hitting ability at the plate to drive in runs and I also like his defensive play as well making this a good pick for Chicago here in Round 4.
Round 5: Pick 147
Jason Savacool RHP Baldwinsville Central High School – New York
The Cubs finish the draft with the smart pick with this good high school pitcher Savacool. Savacool brings good control and talent that in the final round is not easy to pass up. Theo Epstein sees the need to improve Cubs pitching and gets a home run pick here in Round 5.
By: Will Farlow
The Chicago White Sox were one of the MLB's busiest teams during the off season as they brought in key veterans like catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Dallas Keuchel, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, pitcher Gio Gonzalez, reliever Steve Cishek, and a trade for young power hitting right fielder Nomar Mazara. The Southsiders also made smart long term contract extensions with cornerstone players like Yoan Moncada, outfield prospect Luis Robert, and reliever Aaron Bummer. The White Sox head into the 2020 MLB Draft with an opening contention window and sustaining future long term success in Chicago. The White Sox have a new director of scouting in Mike Shirley as former scouting director Nick Hostetler is now a GM special assistant for major league scouting . Shirley is going to be in charge of making five key picks that significantly impact the future of the White Sox organization.
Round 1: Pick 11
Reid Detmers LHP Louisville
GM Rick Hahn's crew makes a great pick here in the first round filling a big need for the White Sox. New scout Mike Shirley picks a winner here as the White Sox have a right handed heavy pitching prospect system , and Detmers brings another much needed lefty to Chicago. Detmers has good control in his college career at Louisville along with a good curve ball and fastball . I think the White Sox bring in a good college left hander to learn under left handers like Keuchel and Gonzalez as Don Cooper works his magic on this future White Sox starter.
Round 2: Pick 48
Will Klein RHP Eastern Illinois
The Chicago White Sox improve in pitching once again with a second pick of Will Klein out of Eastern Illinois. GM Rick Hahn and scouting director Mike Shirley make a smart move with picking this right handed Panther. I like how Klein has good 6'5 size along with high pitch velocity up to 98 mph similar to White Sox prospect Michael Kopech. Klein brings good command and past experience as a catcher in high school. The White Sox in my opinion take a smart approach to a pitching heavy draft by taking Klein at Pick 48.
Round 3: Pick 83
Tyler Keenan 3B Mississippi
GM Rick Hahn gives the sign to scouting director Shirley for this pick in round 3. Yes, the White Sox have Yoan Moncada locked at third for the foreseeable future but this is a good depth pick here in round 3. Keenan adds to the solid power hitting prospects the White Sox feature in their farm system. Keenan hits well for average, hits home runs, and drives in a lot of RBIs checking the boxes on this pick for the Southsiders. His defense is average allowing him to develop in the minors giving the Sox good long term depth at third base behind Moncada.
Round 4: Pick 112
Alec Burleson LHP East Carolina University
The White Sox continue to add good pitchers to their farm system with this pick in Round 3. GM Rick Hahn sees the need for left handed pitchers on the South side by taking Alec Burleson . Burleson has great command leading to many strikeouts which is something White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper should be excited to see from this prospect.
Round 5: Pick 142
Tyler Gentry OF Alabama
The White Sox have strong depth in the outfield , but get a player that falls to their pick here in Round 5. The Alabama outfielder Gentry is a good contact hitter that will need to work on defense and his high strikeout total. The SouthSiders finish off the Draft well right here with the smart pick of Tyler Gentry.