ST LOUIS -- In baseball circles, Chicago Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken has always been considered an outside-the-box talent evaluator when it comes to making his top picks.
When the June amateur draft gets underway on Monday, the Cubs may be hoping outfielder Bubba Starling falls to their spot at No. 9.
Starling, an 18-year-old out of the Kansas City area, is 6-5 and 195 pounds. He has also already signed a letter of intent to play quarterback at Nebraska, although a multi-million dollar contract offer would probably convince Starling to play baseball.
Starling has retained super agent Scott Boras as an adviser, a precursor to hiring an agent once a player is drafted.
This year’s first two rounds are said to be loaded with talent.
The draft has a lot of pitching depth, however many expect the first overall pick to be Rice University third baseman Anthony Rendon, a 20-year-old who is 6-feet and 190-pounds and is described by Baseball America as an all-around baseball athlete.