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Cubs Day 3 Draft Roundup

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Cubs Day 3 Draft Roundup

With the start of Day 3 of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Cubs picked up right where they left off, selecting pitchers with the first two picks.

Here's the full rundown on Rounds 16-40.

Rd. 16, Pick No. 494 -- Michael Hamann, RHP

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound right-hander has started 14 games (through May 30) for Toledo this spring, compiling a 5.80 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. He started nine games last season and fared much better, with a 1.96 ERA and 0.92 WHIP and 51 Ks in 59.2 innings.

Rd. 17, Pick No. 524 -- Nathan Dorris, LHP

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound lefty is a Marian, Ill., native and appeared in 16 games (14 starts) for Southern Illinois-Carbondale through May 30, posting a 4.17 ERA and 1.61 WHIP with 80 Ks in 82 innings.

Rd. 18, Pick No. 554 -- David Bote, SS

Bote has prototypical size for a young shortstop (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) and is coming off his freshman season at Neosho County Community College. Bote stole 20 bases in 21 attempts and scored 62 runs in 60 games while putting up a .419 average and .475 on-base percentage.

Rd. 19, Pick No. 584 -- Damek Tomscha, 3B

Tomscha who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, is very familiar with the MLB Draft. He was selected by the Phillies in the 50th round of the 2010 Draft and by the Marlins in the 36th round of the '11 Draft. He didn't sign either time. The 20-year-old from Sioux City, Iowa played at Iowa Western Community College last season and hit .438 with a .522 OBP to go with 64 RBI, 72 runs and 23 doubles in 61 games.
Rd. 20, Pick No. 614 -- Blake Hickman, C

Simeon Career Academy isn't just a basketball powerhouse. The Chicago school that produced Derrick Rose and now boasts Jabari Parker, the top basketball player in the country. But they also produced the Cubs' 20th round draft pick. Hickman is a big kid (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) and was committed to play at Iowa next season. Hickman said he models his game after Twins star Joe Mauer and has been called a good leader with high character, something the new Cubs regime is looking for.

Rd. 21, Pick No. 644 -- Stephen Perakslis, RHP

The 6-foot, 185-pound righty put up unbelievable numbers his senior season at Abington High School in Massachusetts with a ridiculous 0.25 ERA and a 13-0 record with four saves. He was a two-time player of the year and South Shore League MVP. Perakslis just finished his junior season at the University of Maine and put up a 3.81 ERA, but had just 48 strikeouts in 87.1 innings and a .318 batting average against.
Rd. 22, Pick No. 674 -- Eduardo Orozco, RHP

The Cubs just keep padding their pitching, selecting the 6-foot-4 Orozco out of the University of California. The 23-year-old started 14 games for UC-Riverside through May 30 and had a 2.84 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 106 Ks in 98.1 innings.
Rd. 23, Pick No. 704 -- Jake Drossner, LHP

Drossner, a lefty coming in at 6-foot-1 and 189 pounds, attended Council Rock High School North in Pennsylvania and reportedly throws his fastball at 91 mph. He was named to the 2012 Rawlings 3rd Team All-American as well as the Atlantic-All Region 1st Team.
Rd. 24, Pick No. 734 -- Jameson Fisher, C

Fisher (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) is out of Zachary High School in Louisiana and was verbally committed to play at Southeaster Louisiana University.

With running game, Nagy makes plea for patience: "I know we need to run the ball more. I’m not an idiot"

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With running game, Nagy makes plea for patience: "I know we need to run the ball more. I’m not an idiot"

Matt Nagy brought a whoooole bunch of positive energy to his Monday morning press conference at Halas Hall. 

"First of all, you will never pull me down," he said. "That's number one. Never. You won't do it. Second of all, you'll never pull our team down. It doesn't matter what we're going through. It'll never happen. Not under my watch. That's just not how we roll."

The coach's trademark brand of endless, enthusiastic optimism took a hit after Sunday's humiliating loss to New Orleans. The Bears were outclassed by a short-handed team, at home, coming off the bye week. They set the record for fewest run attempts in Bears' history. After the game Nagy said they were going to "sit in it" that night, and from the sound of his answers on Monday morning, that hadn't ended yet. 

"I know we need to run the ball more. I’m not an idiot," he said. "I realize that. Seven rushes and the minimum amount of times, I totally understand that."

"You need to do it. I never go into a game saying I want to throw the ball 54 times. I would love to go into a game and say I want to run the ball 54 times. But that hasn’t happened. This is what I have to answer to.”

You've read it all already; things are bleak. They're the 30th ranked team in every rushing category except for the ones they're ranked 29th in. Against the Saints, the Bears handed the ball off to wide recievers the same amount of times (2) they gave it to David Montgomery. No one got more rushes than Tarik Cohen (3), who said after the game that he doesn't really even consider himself a running back – and is often scouted as a reciever by opposing coaches, according to Nagy. 

"... nine catches for 19 yards, you know, that’s not where we want to be," he said. "And it’s unacceptable for all of us. We’re definitely searching right now. There’s no doubt about it. But as I said, so last night you deal with the emotions, you watch the tape last night, you see where you’re at and now for us we can’t hang on to what just happened.  We’ve got to fix it and we’ve got to understand and be aware that offensively we’ve had some bad performances now." 

Nagy knows he and the Bears are out of excuses, and having to say the same thing every Monday morning for the last month is clearly eating at him. And while there may be some more reliance on Trubisky or Mike Davis' legs (from the sounds of it, mainly the former), there's probably still an element of patience involved. (I know, I'm sorry. Please lower your voice.) 

"Right now we’re not having productive plays in the run game any way you look at it," Nagy said. "But I want positive plays. I want plays — and part of the patience is that as well. There’s no doubt about it, there’s gotta be more patience.

Bulls exercise options on Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison

Bulls exercise options on Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison

On a day that saw a number of young stars across the league secure bags large and larger, the Bulls made some ripples of their own, exercising the fourth-year option on Lauri Markkanen, and third-year options on Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison. 

These moves are a formality. Markkanen and Carter are each poised for statistical jumps this season and are already unquestioned centerpieces of an exciting young core in Chicago. Hutchison, when healthy, has also showed flashes of being an intriguing piece on a team strapped for defense-minded wings.

Still, it’s a nice bit of reassurance that these guys are around for the long haul (Markkanen and Carter, at least). Even when/if Markkanen hits restricted free agency next offseason, the Bulls will be able to match any offer sheet he might sign with another team. The same is true for Carter in two years, provided they extend qualifying offers to each of them (at this point, it’s hard to see how they wouldn’t).

For now, having already productive NBA players with enormous potential on team-friendly deals is a big reason to get excited about the direction the Bulls are heading in. Now, buckle up for the season-opener this Wednesday in Charlotte.

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