It wasn't all bad for the Cubs, though. Despite not having the opportunity to land any of the Aiken-Kolek-Rodon bunch after they went one-two-three, they wound up loading up on high-upside arms on the second day of the draft.
While the club will face some challenges in trying to sign all of Carson Sands, Justin Steele and Dylan Cease over the next few weeks—all are high schoolers who could head to college if the Cubs' dollars aren't persuasive enough—this go-for-broke approach could pay off in a big way.
Ultimately, the Schwarber selection was about the Cubs finding a player they liked and could sign below their bonus allotment at No. 4. That should free up funds for the likes of Sands, Steele and Cease, among others.
"We expect [signing Schwarber] to be a very quick process and getting him out and playing in the organization," Cubs vice president of player development Jason McLeod told Gordon Wittenmyer of Baseball America. "And there’s a good chance we’ll get to spend some [saved] money elsewhere."
Chicago needs an infusion of pitching in its prospect ranks, so now it's on the organization to make these picks count.