Here’s the strategy behind taking top 5 round level prepsters on Day 3 (this is from last year’s draft so the pool space might be a bit different):
https://ivyfutures.com/2021/07/18/kept- ... antrovitz/According to Kantrovitz, the Cubs planned to be creative in bringing in a player who they viewed as a top two-three round talent (effectively the caliber of player they would take if they had a competitive balance pick) by being in a position to offer one player slightly more than the $125k routinely offered on day three. “We aimed to finish day two, with roughly, $80[k]-$100k in surplus in our pool that would enable us to then fire off a bullet of roughly $200k for one player on day three,” Kantrovitz said. “We estimated that we could get a player that was a top, two-three round caliber player with that bullet.” If fans are concerned that statement suggests the Cubs will only sign one of the seven prep players on day three, Kantrovitz stated that there the Scouting Department had some good “intel” that there may be quality high school players available who would consider signing for the $125k. It appears that is coming to fruition.
That logic seems great.
Interesting that last summer they took 7 preps on day 3; this year only 3, if in fact Wheat, who'll turn 20 within two weeks, is viewed in that pool.
Last year he said they had "intel" that some high school player might consider signing for $125. Three did (Cunningham, olivo, and Rodriguez).
I wonder if he did the same thing this year, but only took 3? And if so, if they are all the "bullet" guys? Or whether one, two, or all three might consider signing for the $125? Or if maybe Rujano already is that bullet, with none left?