6/8 More Cubs Draft picks
Trying to keep up with rapid-pace second day of First-Year Player Draft, here are the Cubs’ latest picks;
* Seventh round: RHP Benjamin Wells, Bryant (Ark.) High School
Wells has signed to pitch for Arkansas, getting a full scholarship. That could change. He led the Bryant Hornets to their first baseball state championship with a five-inning perfect game at the University of Arkansas’ Baum Stadium.
* Eighth round: LHP Cameron Greathouse, Gulf Coast (Fla.) Community College
Greathouse was 10-2 with a 3.06 ERA. He struck out 131 in 88 innings. He also hit .399 in 52 games with 11 home runs, 52 RBIs.
* Ninth round: RHP Kevin Rhoderick, Oregon State.
Rhoderick was selected by the Tigers in the 18th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign. He is coming off a junior season in which he was named All-Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention. He was 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA, collecting four saves in 31 2/3 innings.
* 10th round: RHP Aaron Kurcz, College of Southern Nevada
A teammate of Bryce Harper, the first pick overall in the Draft, Kurcz was 3-3 with 10 saves and a 4.11 ERA in 24 games (one start). He struck out 52 in 35 innings. Opponents hit .225 against him.
* 11th round: LHP Eric Jokisch, Northwestern
The junior was the first Wildcat player selected in this year’s Draft. A first-team All-Big Ten selection this year, he was 5-7 with a 4.39 ERA in 15 appearances, including 13 starts. Despite battling an injury early in the season, he finished with a team-high 92 1/3 innings, which ranks in the top 10 in school history.
* 12th round: RHP Austin Reed, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High School
Reed, 18, recently graduated. He batted .416 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs this season. Originally a third baseman, he posted a 3.24 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings. He had six complete games.
* 13th round: 2B Pierre LePage, University of Connecticut
A junior from Wolcott, Conn., he batted .327 in 56 games with three homers, 20 doubles and 57 RBIs. The Huskies finished the season 48-16. LePage finished one hit shy of teammate Mike Nemeth’s career hits record of 237.
* 14th round: RHP Colin Richardson, Winter Haven (Fla.) High School
Richardson signed a letter of intent with Santa Fe Community College in January, saying he wanted to go someplace where he could make an impact right away. His plans may change now. He was 8-0 last season with two no-hitters and a 1.48 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 47 innings.
* 15th round: SS Elliot Soto, Creighton
The junior from Algonquin, IL, he went to Dundee Crown High school. He batted .297 in 51 games with three home runs, 10 doubles and four triples while driving in 28.
– Carrie Muskat