3/6 First-round Cubs facts

On Friday, the Cubs had three first-round Draft picks in the starting lineup: Tyler Colvin, Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson. All they needed was for 2008 pick Andrew Cashner to start. The trio went 5-for-8 with three RBIs, a double and a triple, and scored three runs in the 8-7 come from behind win over the Diamondbacks. Here are some first-round Draft pick tidbits, courtesy of Cubs historian Ed Hartig:

* On Sept. 21, 2009, Tyler Colvin was the first Cubs’ first-round pick to start a regular sesaon game for the team since Mark Prior did so Aug. 20, 2006.

* The last time two former Cubs first-round picks started in the same game was Sept. 28, 2005, vs. the Pirates when Corey Patterson and Prior did so.

* The last time three former Cubs first-round picks started a game was April 20, 1997, vs. the Mets. In that game, Shawon Dunston started at shortstop, Doug Glanville in center field and Brooks Kieschnick in right.

Only two other Cubs June first-round trios have have started in the same game. In 1988, Dunston, Rafael Palmeiro and Mike Harkey started on Sept. 11. In 1986, Dunston, Palmeiro and Drew Hall started three games: Sept. 14, Sept. 19 and Sept. 24.

– Carrie Muskat

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