Cubs’ draft prospect profiles
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Cubs Draft targets
JONATHAN GRAY, RHP
Gray’s stock might be affected by reports Monday that he tested positive for the medication Adderall during pre-draft drug testing. Gray won’t be suspended, but Adderall is banned in baseball without a valid medical therapeutic use. Gray, a 6-4 Oklahoma junior, is 10-2 with a 1.59 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 119 innings. He already has been drafted twice, by the Royals in the 13th round in 2010 and by the Yankees in the 10th round in 2011.
MARK APPEL, RHP
The Stanford senior was drafted eighth overall last year by the Pirates but declined to sign. His agent is Scott Boras. The 6-5 power pitcher consistently throws in the 90s. He finished this season 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA, 130 strikeouts and 23 walks in 1061/3 innings. Opponents batted .203 against him.
KRIS BRYANT, 3B
The 6-5 San Diego junior was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year. He’s hitting .340 with 31 home runs — tops in the nation — and a slugging percentage of .860. He was the Blue Jays’ 18th-round pick in 2010. His power numbers have increased steadily through college.
COLIN MORAN, 3B
The 6-3 North Carolina junior led the Tar Heels — the No.1 seed in the NCAA baseball tournament — with a .357 average, 13 home runs and 84 RBI. He’s a nephew of former major-leaguer B.J. Surhoff. His hitting is considered better than his fielding, which scouts rank acceptable.