Chicago Cubs 2013 MLB Draft: Projecting Their Top 5 1st-Round Targets

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Chicago Cubs 2013 MLB Draft: Projecting Their Top 5 1st-Round Targets
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Last November I posted a slideshow with a self-explanatory title, “Cubs’ Top 5 Draft Targets in the 2013 MLB Draft.”  All five draft targets were collegiate starting pitchers.

Not much has changed since then regarding what position the Cubs need to target with their first-round selection, No. 2 overall.  However, while the forthcoming updated list is still compiled entirely of pitchers, the players they should consider have somewhat changed.

Still included in the list are Mark Appel (the projected No. 1 overall pick), Ryne Stanek and Sean Manaea.  New to the list are Jonathan Gray and Marco Gonzales.

Legitimately, the Cubs should only consider Mark Appel or Jonathan Gray with their first-round pick.  But with the wheelin’ and dealin’ front office the Cubs have, anything's possible.

Coming up, Jonathan Gray and Marco Gonzales will be presented with an in depth scouting report; but in the cases of Appel, Stanek and Manaea, there will be links to my original scouting reports from last November along with applicable updates.

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