In a change of pace from the last couple years, the Cubs were very active on Day 1 of the MLB Draft.
They entered Monday holding 5 of the Top 98 picks, 4 of which came on Day 1.
Theo Epstein's front office kicked things off by selecting Stanford shortstop Nico Hoerner with the 24th overall pick.
Hoerner hit .304 in his three-year college career, including a .349 average and .894 OPS in his junior season in 2018. He only had 3 collegiate homers, but still managed to slug .498 this spring thanks to 16 doubles and 5 triples.
The Cubs followed that up by taking a high school outfielder Brennen Davis with their second-round pick, 62nd overall.
Davis is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound native of Chandler, Ariz., which is roughly 10 minutes from the Cubs spring training complex in Mesa.
Davis hit .444 in his senior season in high school with 12 extra-base hits (7 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers) and walked 17 times against only 5 strikeouts. He also stole 13 bases in 23 games.
Here's a glimpse at Davis:
The Cubs also owned the 77th and 78th picks in the draft as compensation for Wade Davis and Jake Arrieta signing contracts in free agency over the winter. The compensation picks come before the third round.
With the first of those compensation picks, the Cubs again went with a high school outfielder, this time taking Cole Roederer, an outfielder from Hart High School in southern California (where current Cubs pitcher Mike Montgomery also attended).
Roederer is a 6-foot, 180-pound left-handed hitter/thrower who hit .361 over his high school career, including .392 his senior season. He also hit 7 homers in 2018 while walking 13 times compared to only 8 strikeouts and posting a 1.439 OPS in 18 games.
In 79 career high school games, Roederer stole 40 bases in 43 tries.
Here's a brief glimpse at Roederer:
With the 78th pick — and the final selection of Day 1 of the MLB Draft — the Cubs took right-handed pitcher Paul Richan out of the University of San Diego (Kris Bryant's alma mater).
Richan — 6-foot-3, 200 pounds — also hails from Hart High School, just like Roederer and Montgomery.
In college, Richan posted a career 4.53 ERA in 44 games (25 starts). He was 4-6 in 2018 with a 4.62 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 13 starts. He also struck out 101 batters in 89.2 innings.