7/3 Cubs sign 3rd round pick

The Cubs have signed 18 of their first 20 picks, and 27 players overall selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, including right-handed pitcher Ryan McNeil of Nipomo (Calif.) High School, who was selected in the third round.

In addition to McNeil, the list of new Cubs signees includes right-handed pitcher Trey Lang (sixth round), right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung (12th round) and infielder David Bote (18th round).

McNeil, 18, logged a 1.10 ERA and held the opposition to a .175 batting average last season for Nipomo High School. He struck out 94 hitters in 57 1/3 innings pitched, good for an average of 14.76 strikeouts per nine innings, while walking just 21 hitters. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound McNeil hit .392 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and 18 RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat


Still waiting on the signing of the 1st round draft pick, 6th overall. Any word on that signing?

wow a little slow there? he has been signed for awhile now.

Sorry, Austin, but I believe Jasper is asking about Albert Almora, the Cubs first pick, who was 6th overall. No, they have not signed him, and all I know is dialogue is continuing.

muskat1, thank you for the correction on Austins statement. How much thought is put into Drafting a HS Senior versus a College player completing his degree? The graduating HS player with obvious talent to be drafted so high, has so many choices. Scholarships, play a year to 4 years of college ball.
The 4 year College player with his degree, if he is interested in baseball, it seems he must sign?
Several questions here, but my question really is: Managements thought process? Teams drafting a HS player in the 1st round, risk the danger that not only does the Draft Pick decide to continue school, but they also risk not being able to sign their 1st round pick? When rebuilding or building for the future, it seems not signing a 1st rounder could be a huge loss.

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