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The Cubs, like the Astros, are looking at their first draft with a new front office in place.
Since 1989, the team traditional has selected college players in the first round; 18 of their 28 first round selections have been college players:
C – 1 (College)
1B – 0
2B – 0
3B – 1 (High School)
SS – 4 (2 College, 2 High School)
OF – 6 (4 College, 2 High School)
LHP – 3 (2 College, 1 High School)
RHP – 13 (9 College, 4 High School)
I believe this will change this year. Epstein and Hoyer have been a little different in their strategies.
During Epstein’s time as the GM in Boston, he was over 9 drafts. In that time, the Red Sox had 23 first round picks:
2003 – 2
2004 – 0
2005 – 5
2006 – 4
2007 – 2
2008 – 2
2009 – 1
2010 – 3
2011 – 4
Of the 23, 14 were college players, 1 was a Jurior/Community College player, and 8 were high schoolers.
Hoyer oversaw 2 drafts as the GM of the Padres; he had 6 first round picks in that time:
2010 – 1
2011 – 5
4 players were high schoolers, while
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