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Cubs 2017 MLB Draft Tracker Day 3: Pitching, pitching and more pitching

Cubs 2017 MLB Draft Tracker Day 3: Pitching, pitching and more pitching

After emphasizing pitching in the first 10 rounds of the 2017 MLB Draft, the Cubs continued that trend Wednesday.

Cubs Day 1 recap

Theo Epstein's front office took two more pitchers with their first two Day 3 picks, adding to the eight pitchers they took in the Top 11 picks. 

Cubs Day 2 recap

Here is the complete Day 3 recap:

Round 11, No. 345: Rollie Lacy, RHP, Creighton - Went 5-2 with a 2.54 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 83 Ks against only 18 walks in 88.2 IP as a junior.

Round 12, No. 375: Ben Hecht, RHP, Wichita State - The 22-year-old is a Champaign, Ill., native who also played at Illinois State (2014). He was 2-2 as a reliever in 2017 with a 4.75 ERA, eight saves and 41 Ks in 30.1 IP.

Round 13, No. 405: Austin Upshaw, IF, Kennesaw State - The 20-year-old Georgian slashed .333/.383/.518 (.901 OPS) at Kennesaw State with 17 doubles, eight homers and 41 RBI in 56 games.

Round 14, No. 435: Luis Vazquez, SS, Alberto Melendez Torres School - Scouts tout his leather. 

Round 15, No. 465: Jared Young, 2B, Old Dominion University - Led ODU with a .367 average to go with a .441 on-base percentage and .580 slugging percentage. He stole nine bases, hit seven homers and drew 33 free passes (15 walks, 18 hit-by-pitches) against only 19 strikeouts.

Round 16, No. 495: Brandon Hughes, CF, Michigan State - Actually pitched some his freshman year for the Spartans. His ERA was 7.11. Much better hitter as he stroked a .330 batting average his junior year. 

Round 17, No. 525: Peyton Remy, RHP, Central Arizona College - Freshman was 6-1 with a 4.25 ERA this season. 

Round 18, No. 555: Casey Ryan, RHP, University of Hawaii - Successful four-year career at Hawaii. Also, how sick would it be to pitch at Hawaii? 

Round 19, No. 585: Chris Singleton, CF, Charleston Southern University - You must read his story. 

Round 20, No. 615: Brendan King, RHP, College of the Holy Cross - From the Boston Globe, a very talented mathematician. 

Round 21, No. 645: Sean Barry, RHP, University of San Diego - Reliever had a five-game scoreless streak that lasted 9.1 innings. 

Round 22, No. 675: Skyler Messinger, SS, Niwot High School - Hit above .400 his junior and senior season. Of course, that was high school. 

Round 23, No. 705: Brady Miller, RHP, Western Oregon University - Three-time All-GNAC pitcher at Western Oregon. 

Round 24, No. 735: Braxton Light, RHP, Wallace State Community College - Scouts are calling him a lights out pitcher. Pun. 

Round 25, No. 765: Mitch Stophel, RHP, King University - Strong relief pitcher for the King Tornadoes, which is actually located in Tennessee. 

Round 26, No. 795: Bryce Bonnin, RHP, Barbers Hill High School - Ranked by MLB.com as the No. 74 prospect in the 2017 draft, but is committed to Arkansas for next year.

Round 27, No. 825: Darius Vines, RHP, Oxnard College - "Vines" is a perfect name for a team with Ivy on its wall, eh?

Round 28, No. 855: Kier Meredith, CF, Robert B. Glenn High School - Clemson signee has a decision to make. 

Round 29, No. 885: Jake Steffens, RHP, Santa Clara University - Had a 5.05 K/BB ratio in the competitive WCC last season. 

Round 30, No. 915: Cam Balego, IF, Mercyhurst College​ - Posted a ridiculous .367/.500/.698 slash line at Mercyhurst. 

Round 31, No. 945: Ramsey Romano, IF, Cal State Long Beach - Pretty funny that his team name was the "Dirtbags." He also hit .313 last season. 

Round 32, No. 975: Hunter Ruth, RHP, Bucholz High School - We can't prove it, but he may be Babe's great-great-grandson. 

Round 33, No. 1005: Joe Donovan, C, Westmont High School - Local kid from Westmont absolutely RAKED against fellow Chicagoland competition. 

Round 34, No. 1035: Andrew Karp, RHP, Florida State - Florida-native has live arm, but was roughed up as a Seminole. 

Round 35, No. 1065, Ben Ramirez, SS, Eastlake High School - His Twitter is all about retweeting #JavyTags. 

Round 36: No. 1095, Tanner Allen, CF, UMS Wright Prep High School - Longtime LSU recruit had a change of heart and will likely attend Mississippi State next season. 

Round 37, No. 1125, Alex Cornwell, LHP, Maranatha High School - High school bats didn't hit too well off him, recording just an .093 batting average. 

Round 38, No. 1155, Russell Smith, LHP, Midlothian High School - Dude is just one inch shorter (6'9) than the mammoth Randy Johnson (6'10). 

Round 39, No. 1185, Cooper Coldiron, IF, University of Houston - Before transferring to Houston, Coldiron earned a spot on the Texas-New Mexico All-Star Team at Grayson College.

Round 40, No. 1215, Jeffrey Passantino, Lipscomb University - The MLB Draft's Mr. Irrelevant

Kyle Hendricks takes in a Blackhawks game with... Bastian Schweinsteiger?

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Kyle Hendricks takes in a Blackhawks game with... Bastian Schweinsteiger?

A Cubs pitcher taking in a Blackhawks game in a suite is nothing special, but doing so with a World Cup winner is... different.

Kyle Hendricks was spotted by the cameras of Thursday's Blackhawks-Coyotes broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago. The guy he was standing next to was none other than Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a World Cup with Germany and Champions League winner with Bayern Munich.

Hendricks is known for being reserved on the mound and in his interviews with the media. Meanwhile, Schweinsteiger was filmed yelling "Bear Down" in the hallway of Toyota Park after a Fire practice earlier in the day.

There's no telling what inspired Schweinsteiger to do this, but he has definitely embraced Chicago sports teams since joining the Fire in March of 2017.

Makes you wonder what Hendricks and Schweinsteiger were talking about. Best places to get brats in Chicago?

Ben Zobrist provides a hilarious glimpse into how he's spending a free October

Ben Zobrist provides a hilarious glimpse into how he's spending a free October

Ben Zobrist won't win the Comeback Player of the Year award this winter, but maybe he can take home a Grammy for Best New Artist?

The Cubs veteran infielder/outfielder posted a hilarious video on his Instagram Wednesday night showcasing how he's been spending October after the Cubs were unceremoniously ousted from the playoffs after on the third day of the month.

It's a fantastic music video of Zobrist lip-syncing to Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" while he nearly knocks the TV off the wall of his home by swinging the bat indoors pretending to hit off Clayton Kershaw and frolicking around a field that looks shockingly similar to Hershel's farm from the second season of "The Walking Dead":

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It always takes me a few weeks to process the season and begin the offseason. Here are my thoughts.....along with a unique way of making light of the postseason that should have been......... (special thanks to @dimtillard for help with Video) Maybe you feel the way I do. It was a very quick and abrupt ending to a good season for us. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. But let’s not forget all the good that happened. This game and this team gives us something to pass the time, to express our love and passion, to feel the joy of the wins and the pains of the losses, and it calls us to unity when we so easily can be divided about so many other things. Each game is a microcosm of life. The game itself is not Life, but it helps us deal with life in a way. I’m thankful for even the painful losses at the end. The game can be a great teacher. I felt privileged to play with this team and play for our fans all year. We were stretched and we grew in new ways as individuals and as a group and that is always a good thing. We strive to win championships, but more often the process is the goal. We will be stronger because of all that we went through this year. What will I do now? I will travel and watch my wife crush her book tour. I will be in and out of Chi-town. I just got back home to Franklin, TN. I will find joy in raising and watching my kids grow and continue becoming their own person. I will rest and begin preparing for next season. I will work hard in mind, body, and spirit. I will help other players with @patriotforward and @showandgo. I will focus on personal growth and charitable endeavors and become a better man, teammate, friend, and player. To Baseball and Fans: For the next 5 months until I play next year.... I will wait for you....

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Zobrist also posted a lengthy caption on his perspective on the Cubs' disappointing end to the season:

It always takes me a few weeks to process the season and begin the offseason. Here are my thoughts.....along with a unique way of making light of the postseason that should have been......... (special thanks to @dimtillard for help with Video) 
Maybe you feel the way I do. It was a very quick and abrupt ending to a good season for us. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. But let’s not forget all the good that happened. This game and this team gives us something to pass the time, to express our love and passion, to feel the joy of the wins and the pains of the losses, and it calls us to unity when we so easily can be divided about so many other things. Each game is a microcosm of life. The game itself is not
Life, but it helps us deal with life in a way. I’m thankful for even the painful losses at the end. The game can be a great teacher. 
I felt privileged to play with this team and play for our fans all year. We were stretched and we grew in new ways as individuals and as a group and that is always a good thing. We strive to win championships, but more often the process is the goal. We will be stronger because of all that we went through this year. 
What will I do now? I will travel and watch my wife crush her book tour. I will be in and out of Chi-town. I just got back home to Franklin, TN. I will find joy in raising and watching my kids grow and continue becoming their own person. I will rest and begin preparing for next season. I will work hard in mind, body, and spirit. I will help other players with @patriotforward and @showandgo. I will focus on personal growth and charitable endeavors and become a better man, teammate, friend, and player. 
To Baseball and Fans: For the next 5 months until I play next year....
I will wait for you....

Come for the Zobrist lip sync, but stay for the 37-year-old using a bat as a guitar while wearing a sleeveless shirt and rocking an old-timey top hat.

A year ago, Zobrist completely reshaped his offseason workout plan after three straight years of playing deep into October. It appears he's added another new trick to his winter workout — hopping over fences even though there is a clear opening just a foot away.

Hey, whatever works...