Cubs, White Sox draft analysis from MLB insider

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ESPN’s MLB draft guru Keith Law offered scouting reports on the top picks from each of the league’s 30 teams.

The White Sox had the eighth pick of the draft and selected college pitcher Carson Fulmer with their first pick.

Law’s take:

The White Sox did what they often do, taking a successful college pitcher with delivery questions with their first pick. Carson Fulmer (1) projects as a reliever for me, possessing a max-effort, rapid-fire delivery and a double head-whack at release, along with below-average command across the board. He will show three above-average to plus pitches as a starter, and in a relief role, he could be Craig Kimbrel-esque if he can throw enough strikes. Zack Erwin (4) is a 6-foot-5 lefty with room to fill out who already is up to 93 mph. His slot is a little inconsistent, though, and he could use his legs more to generate power. … Corey Zangari (6) is a very big kid at 6-4, 240 pounds, with plus to plus-plus raw power, but he’s a long way off with the hit tool. … Blake Hickman (7) has a loose, quick arm and plus fastball, but he’ll have to move to the bullpen, as he has neither the command nor the breaking ball to start.

Fulmer is from the same hometown as Chris Sale, and he’s eager to meet the White Sox ace.

The Cubs had the ninth overall pick of the draft and stayed true to their history by selecting a top hitter in Ian Happ.

Here’s Law’s take:

The Cubs landed Ian Happ (1), one of the best hitters in the draft, at pick No. 9, and I expect them to move him to second base in pro ball, as that’s the best position he can play. He has an outstanding left-handed swing and very patient approach, while his right-handed swing is longer and far less consistent right now. He’s a better athlete than scouts gave him credit for being this spring, as he had double-hernia surgery in February and was out playing a week later. Donnie Dewees (2) has a short, compact swing and above-average speed, profiling as a potential leadoff hitter. He has tremendous ability to square up the ball, and was the toughest D1 draft prospect to strike out this year. Although he hit 18 homers this spring, he doesn’t project to hit for power against better competition in pro ball, and he has a grade-20 arm that will limit him to left field. … The Cubs went for upside with their next two picks, then ran off a bunch of under-slot guys to pay for the pair. Lefty Bryan Hudson (3), who had been linked to the Cubs for a while, is 6-foot-8 with an average fastball and potentially plus curveball, getting on top of both pitches well, and was probably a second-rounder on merit. Vanderbilt recruit Darryl D.J. Wilson (4) is a short, speedy center fielder who projects as a leadoff type with plus defense in center. He’s small but has the hand strength to drive the ball to the gaps, maybe getting to 5-8 homers a year. And finally, Ryan Kellogg (5) is a finesse lefty who has command and feel to pitch, but fringy stuff. Beyond that, it was seniors all the way down.

The switch-hitting Happ was the fifth straight position player the Cubs took with their first pick.

You can read Law’s full AL analysis here and his complete NL analysis here.

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