Goldstein on Cubs' potential first-round pick


Goldstein on Cubs' potential first-round pick

BaseballProspectus' Kevin Goldstein released a mock draft of the Top 10 picks for Monday's MLB Draft.

He has the Astros taking high school outfielder Byron Buxton first overall, which isn't much of a surprise.

Goldstein has the Cubs selecting Mike Zunino, a catcher out of Florida whom Goldstein believes could move through the system quickly and be an on-field leader.

The Cubs are said to be targeting pitching in the draft, but the top three pitchers -- college arms Mark Appel, Kevin Gausman and Kyle Zimmer, are all going in the Top 5 in Goldstein's mock.

It's hard to predict where the Cubs could go and it depends on who the top five teams -- the Astros, Twins, Mariners, Orioles and Royals -- in front of them select, but they very well could call Zunino's name sixth overall.

Stay tuned to for all your Cubs draft information, as Insiders Patrick Mooney and David Kaplan will provide their take on the selections.

WATCH: Kyle Long says Ryan Pace has done a great job adding young talent to Bears roster

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WATCH: Kyle Long says Ryan Pace has done a great job adding young talent to Bears roster

Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long met with the media after practice on Friday and discussed a variety of topics ranging from his health to the young talent GM Ryan Pace has managed to add to the roster.

Long, 29, is now one of the elder statesmen on the Bears roster. And he's not old by offensive linemen standards. Still, he said he's at the point in his career where he's not quite getting the pop culture references made by his younger teammates, a sign that he's now entered that next stage of his career.

Take a listen to Long's complete comments here:

Matt Nagy kicks off Bears training camp in the rain

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Matt Nagy kicks off Bears training camp in the rain

Matt Nagy kicked off his tenure with the Chicago Bears Friday in the first practice of his first-ever training camp as a head coach. 

The weather didn't exactly cooperate for Nagy, who decided the Bears would run through the entire session outdoors despite periodic downpours.

"You don’t want to have that mentality where you just always try to have perfect weather,” he said. "That’s not realistic. Whether it’s the wind, which can be just as bad as the rain, rain, snow, I mean, we’re in Chicago, so that’s something we need to take into account."

While Nagy certainly has a point, Bears fans are scarred by practice-field injuries this time of year. A wet field can lead to slips and slides that turn into pulls and strains.

"In the summertime, you like have your first practice and have the sun, but it didn’t happen and that’s OK.”

The Bears held Danny Trevathan and Sherrick McManis out of practice because of hamstring injuries, neither of which are considered serious. Allowing either of them to practice on a wet field wouldn't have been the smartest idea and likely played a big part in keeping them sidelined.

Welcome to the Nagy era, one in which neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will force the team indoors.