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MLB Draft Tracker: Cubs hoarding arms again on Day 2

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MLB Draft Tracker: Cubs hoarding arms again on Day 2

Since Theo Epstein took over the Cubs' front office, the organization has drafted four straight position players in the first round.

And except for Albert Almora in 2012 - the first draft under Epstein - those position players have been elite college hitters.

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Epstein and his staff believe the risk of gambling on a college bat in the early rounds is much lower than taking a pitcher. They also know pitching - historically speaking - can be found anywhere in the draft.

Which is why it should come as no surprise that the Cubs started off Day 2 by selecting pitcher Bryan Hudson in the third round.

Hudson is an Illinois product, coming from Alton High School near the southern tip of the state. The lefty is listed as a whopping 6-foot-8, 220 pounds and has been heralded as the state's top pitching prospect since Mike Foltynewicz was drafted in 2010 (Foltynewicz is currently in the Atlanta Braves rotation, where he has gone 3-2 with a 4.29 ERA in seven starts).

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Hudson was expected to be drafted sometime in the first three rounds and features a fastball that sits around 86-90 mph, but there is some growth there and he could be throwing his fastball in the mid-90s with some professional coaching. Hudson's best pitch is a curveball - which he commands well - and he is working on a changeup.

Round 4: OF Darryl Wilson

Wilson is a left-handed hitting outfielder out of Canton South High School in Ohio. Standing at 5-foot-8, 177 pounds, he's most known for his speed, drawing comparisons to Ben Revere. Wilson has a compact stroke, but has almost no power. He profiles as an above-average defender in center field thanks to his speed.

Round 5: LHP Ryan Kellogg

Kellogg is a big left-hander (listed at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds) from Arizona State University with a fastball that sits in the low 90s and has some decent life. His breaking ball and changeup are about average and profiles as a true pitcher, not just a thrower. Kellogg was 28-6 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 48 games (47 starts) over three seasons at ASU. He doesn't walk many (only 62 in 321 collegiate innings) or allow many longballs (18 total, 0.50 per nine innings), but he also doesn't strike out many, compiling a 5.94 K/9 at Arizona State.

Round 6: RHP Dave Berg

The Cubs continued to stockpile arms by selecting a record-setting college closer. Berg had a sparkling 1.11 ERA and 0.84 WHIP over his four years at UCLA, allowing only five homers in 267 innings. He set an NCAA single-season record with 24 saves in 2013 and is one of only five players in UCLA history to earn All-Pac-12 honors three years in a row while also becoming the first reliever to win Pac-12 Pitcher of the year in 2013. Berg, who turned 22 in March, was 7-1 with a 0.67 ERA and 13 saves this season.

Round 7: RHP Craig Brooks

Brooks is out of Catawba College in North Carolina, where he played both shortstop and pitcher. He's projected to be a pitcher at the next level after going 9-1 with a 1.45 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 99 innings in 2015, starting 14 games and making five relief appearances. He allowed just 54 hits and 17 extra-base hits in 99 innings.

Round 8: RHP Preston Morrison

The TCU product has been a staple in the rotation over the last four years, making 60 starts to go with 12 relief appearances. Morrison was 11-3 with a 2.55 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 2015, numbers slightly higher than his career ERA (1.85) and WHIP (0.93) totals. He struck out 317 batters in 462 innings and allowed only 11 homers, though seven of those longballs came in 2015.

Round 9: LHP Tyler Peitzmeier

Another pick, another college arm for the Cubs. The southpaw is the closer for the Omaha-bound Titans and recorded 16 saves in 30 games this year (tied for third most in a single season in school history). He boasted a solid 5.27 K/BB ratio and 1.10 WHIP in his final collegiate season. He allowed only one home run and 11 walks over 57.1 innings in 2015. 

Round 10: SS Vimael Machin

The Cubs finally broke the trend of taking pitchers with the selection of VCU's Machin to wrap up Day 2 of the MLB Draft for the North Siders. Machin only played in 16 games during his senior year but in his junior year, the Rams shortstop showed an ability to get on base, posting a .421 OBP. He was also a major run-producer for VCU that year, knocking in 52 runs over 57 games. 

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...