Cubs in final stages of preparation for Draft

Cubs in final stages of preparation for Draft

CHICAGO -- The Cubs are in the homestretch in preparations for the First-Year Player Draft, to be held from June 4-6. Chicago has the sixth selection in the first round.

"It's probably the most important thing that we're doing now, to be honest, and it takes up a vast majority of our time," said Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. "Draft day is the most important day of the year for every organization. It's a yearlong process, and right now, we're in the sweet spot, finishing up evaluations and going back and getting final looks, and we'll get together and process all the information."

The new rules established in the Basic Agreement have affected how the Cubs approach the signability of players and how they allocate their resources in scouting. Epstein called it a "level playing field" for all 30 teams.

The Cubs have trimmed their list to 10 players as possible options in the first round, he said.

"That's an important pick, but every pick is important in the Draft if you want to have a successful one," Epstein said.