Theo Epstein called the upcoming MLB amateur draft "probably the most important thing that we're doign right now, to be honest."
Which makes sense, given the new regime's desire to build a sustained winner from within, rather than just signing free agent after free agent.
In advance of the draft kicking off on June 4, Jim Callis at Baseball America compiled a one-round mock draft.
He has the Cubs taking Florida high school center fielder Albert Almora at sixth overall. Here's what he has to say about the pick:
Once Appel, Gausman and Zimmer are chosen, there will be a run on position players, most of whom will be high schoolers. Chicago's pick could come down to Correa and polished Florida high school center fielder Albert Almora. The Cubs took another prep shortstop of Puerto Rican descent (Javier Baez) at No. 9 a year ago.
Check out Callis' full Round 1 mock at BaseballAmerica.com.
Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.
The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.
After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.
"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."
Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.
The Bulls have a busy week ahead of them.
It will kick off on Tuesday when Fred Hoiberg & Co. take on Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in Los Angeles.
After that, the Bulls will head to Utah and face the Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the defending champ Golden State Warriors on Friday. Both games — against the Jazz and Warriors — will be on NBC Sports Chicago, and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.
See what Mark Schanowski, Vincent Goodwill, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue had to say about the upcoming week in the latest Honda Road Ahead.