Results tagged ‘ First-Year Player Draft ’

6/25 Cubs sign Zagunis

The Cubs have signed third-round selection Mark Zagunis, a catcher out of Virginia Tech University. The Cubs now have signed 21 of their first 22 picks, as well as 25 selections overall from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. The only player whom the Cubs picked in the first 10 rounds of the Draft who has not signed is Georgia high school pitcher Dylan Cease, who was selected in the sixth round.

Zagunis, 21, batted .330 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 39 RBIs in 53 games for Virginia Tech in his junior season this year. He walked 32 times, and compiled a .426 on-base percentage. Zagunis also stole 16 bases. He was named All-ACC Second Team for the second time in his career, and was a 2014 Johnny Bench Award semifinalist.

Zagunis posted a .338 batting average in three seasons at Virginia Tech. With 52 career stolen bases, he is the second Hokie to record at least 50 stolen bases since the school joined the ACC.

6/7 Draft Day 3

The Cubs completed the three-day First-Year Player Draft on Saturday. Overall, they took 21 pitchers, seven catchers, six infielders and six outfielders. There were 22 college players taken, five junior college players, and 13 high schoolers picked.

Here are the Cubs’ selections on Day 3:

Round 11: RHP Jordan Brink, Fresno State
Round 12: RHP Tanner Griggs, Angelina College, Texas
Round 13: 3B Kevonte Mitchell, Kennett High School, Mo.
Round 14: 2B Chesny Young, Mercer University
Round 15: RHP Jeremy Null, Western Carolina
Round 16: SS Jason Vosler, Northeastern
Round 17: RHP Michael Knighton, Central Alabama CC
Round 18: RHP Austyn Willis, Barstow High School, Calif.
Round 19: RHP Brad Markey, Virginia Tech
Round 20: SS John Tomasovich, Charleston Southern
Round 21: OF Charles White, Maryland
Round 22: 3B Joey Martarano, Boise State
Round 23: OF Isiah Gilliam, Parkview High School, Ga.
Round 24: CF Daniel Spingola, Georgia Tech
Round 25: C Tyler Pearson, Texas State
Round 26: RHP Zach Hedges, Azusa Pacific University
Round 27: CF Calvin Graves, Franklin Pierce University
Round 28: RHP Jacob Niggemeyer, Olentangy Liberty High School, Ohio
Round 29: RHP Gianni Zayas, Seminole State
Round 30: C Michael Cantu, Foy H. Moody High School, Texas
Round 31: RHP Brad Deppermann, East Lake High School, Fla.
Round 32: 2B Andrew Ely, Washington
Round 33: RHP Brad Bass, Lincon-Way Central High School, Ill.
Round 34: RHP Steven Kane, Cypress College
Round 35: LHP Jordan Minch, Purdue
Round 36: OF DJ Peters, Glendora High School, Calif.
Round 37: C Riley Adams, Canyon Crest Academy
Round 38: C Daniel Wasinger, Eastlake High School, Texas
Round 39: C David Petrino, Central Arizona College
Round 40: OF Diamond Johnson, Hillsborough High School, Fla.

Draft Notes:

* Jake Stinnett, the Cubs’ second-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, gave up three runs — two earned — on six hits and three walks over six innings, striking out two, in Maryland’s 5-4 win over Virginia in the NCAA Super Regional. The Terrapins are one win away from reaching the College World Series.

* The Cubs have reportedly signed third-round pick Mark Zagunis of Virginia Tech to a $615,000 deal, which is under the $714,900 pick value. Zagunis, a finalist for the Johnny Bench award, presented to the top collegiate catcher, was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech. Zagunis was the only player in the ACC at the end of the regular season with at least 20 multi-hit games and more than 10 multi RBI games. For the year, he led Virginia Tech with a .330 batting average, 44 runs scored and 69 hits, and was second in slugging percentage (.426), RBIs (39), doubles (10), triples (two), home runs (two), total bases (89), walks (32), and stolen bases (16).

6/6 Cubs Draft summary

The Cubs selected two catchers and eight pitchers in the first 10 rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, which continues on Saturday. Here are the first 10 picks:

Round 1: C Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
Round 2: RHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland
Round 3: C Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech
Round 4: LHP Carson Sands, North Florida Christian HS
Round 5: LHP Justin Steele, George County HS
Round 6: RHP Dylan Cease, Milton HS
Round 7: RHP James Norwood, St. Louis University
Round 8: LHP Tommy Thorpe, Oregon
Round 9: RHP James Farris, Arizona
Round 10: RHP Ryan Williams, East Carolina

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 12 p.m. CT.

— Carrie Muskat

6/4 Extra bases

* Jorge Soler, sidelined since mid-May with a right hamstring strain, is rehabbing at the Cubs’ complex in Mesa, Ariz., and GM Jed Hoyer said they hope the outfielder has a chance to talk hitting with the team’s new player-coach, Manny Ramirez. Soler, ranked No. 5 on’s list of top 20 Cubs prospects, is doing agility work and hitting in the batting cages. He was not playing in extended Spring Training games. On Wednesday, Ramirez did play, and hit a home run in Tempe. Ramirez was expected to join Triple-A Iowa, possibly by the weekend. The Cubs haven’t asked Ramirez to talk to Soler, but Hoyer hoped the two players would chat.

“I think Manny can help any right-handed hitter for sure,” Hoyer said.

* The Cubs will hold a news conference on Thursday to announce their new radio contract with WBBM-AM 780, effective next year.

* According to Elias, the Cubs’ win Tuesday snapped a 17-game home losing streak when trailing after one inning. That had been tied for the team’s longest such skid in team history, previously done during the 1965-66 and 1974-75 campaigns. Also, Tuesday’s win was the team’s first this season when trailing entering the eighth inning. Last year, the Cubs were 7-76 when trailing entering the eighth inning.

* The First-Year Player Draft will begin at 6 p.m. CT, with the Cubs holding the No. 4 pick. They are expected to make their selection just before 6:30 p.m. The Cubs also have the 45th overall selection in round two. Rounds 3-10 of the draft take place Friday while the event finishes up with rounds 11-40 on Saturday.

The Cubs active roster has 10 players originally selected within the first five rounds of the Draft, including three taken in the first supplemental round (Chris Coghlan by Miami in 2006, Neil Ramirez by Texas in 2007 and Mike Olt by Texas in 2010). Nate Schierholtz and Travis Wood were second round
selections, John Baker and Darwin Barney were fourth round picks, and Jake Arrieta, Justin Grimm and Jeff Samardzija were fifth round selections.

— Carrie Muskat

6/4 Cubs prep for Draft

The Cubs, who have the fourth pick overall in Thursday’s First-Year Player Draft, have narrowed their list of potential selections to about a half dozen, GM Jed Hoyer said. The Cubs scouting staff and baseball operations staff had a three-hour debate Wednesday afternoon about which player to chose, and Hoyer expected another spirited discussion later in the day.

“Certainly, the two picks we make [Thursday] are a significant investment and you want to make sure you have all the information and you double back on medical reports, double back on background information,” Hoyer said. “You want to make sure you don’t leave any stone unturned with two picks.”

Besides the No. 4 pick overall, the Cubs also have the 45th pick on Thursday.

“One of the things we focus on a ton is the makeup and figuring out which guys can handle [the media] and which guys can handle the pressure,” Hoyer said. “You’re going to play in a big market, and coming from Boston, we learned pretty quickly that some guys can handle the scrutiny and some guys are better off in a smaller market. You only get 40 picks, so you make sure you bring guys into the organization who can have a positive influence.”

However, the Cubs aren’t sure what the Astros, Marlins and White Sox, who pick ahead of them, will do.

“I have a feeling that last year, if you were sitting at [No. 4], you had a good sense of which three players would go ahead,” Hoyer said. “I don’t think that’s the case this year.

“Houston, we don’t expect to know what they’re going to do until they announce the pick on TV,” he said. “They’ve done that two years in a row. I wouldn’t expect that to change. Guessing what Houston will do at [No. 1] is pretty fruitless.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/27 Cubs sign 4th round pick

The Cubs have signed right-handed pitcher Tyler Skulina from Kent State University, the fourth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft. So far, the Cubs have signed 18 players from the June draft, including four top-five picks, eight top-10 selections and 15 top-20 picks. Skulina, 21, went 6-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 15 games for the Golden Flashes. He walked 34 and struck out 102, for an average of 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. He was named a 2013 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season Second Team All-American after going 11-3 with a 3.77 ERA in 18 starts in 2012. The righthander sat out the 2011 campaign after transferring to Kent State from Virginia. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 46th round of the 2010 draft, but did not sign.

6/24 Extra bases

* The Cubs announced they have signed four more Draft picks on Monday. Left-handed pitcher Sam Wilson, an eighth-round pick who played at Lamar Community College, signed as did catcher Jordan Hankins of Austin Peay, an 11th round pick, and 13th round selection Trevor Graham, a right-handed pitcher who played at Franklin Pierce University. Also signing was 15th-round pick Michael Wagner, a right-handed pitcher who was No. 1 pick Kris Bryant’s teammate at San Diego.

* Right-handed pitcher P.J. Francescon has been promoted from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee, and Smokies outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha has been promoted to Triple-A Iowa. Francescon, 24, was 5-4 record with a 4.76 ERA with Daytona. In 14 appearances (13 starts), he gave up 40 runs (37 earned) on 75 hits, walked 21 and struck out 62. He was a 40th round pick in the 2011 Draft.

Ha, 22, hit .284 with five doubles, a home run and 14 RBIs in 28 games for the Smokies. Following a 42-day (May 7-June 18) stint on the disabled list, Ha appeared in the Smokies first three games of the second half and batted 2-for-13 with a run scored and a RBI.

* Maybe the Cubs should consider a move to the American League? They’re 8-3 this season in Interleague play.

* Anthony Rizzo has hit safely in four of his last five games (7-for-16, .438), and scored a career-high four runs on Sunday. He also had his first multi-RBI game since June 5, driving in four runs.

* The Cubs have hit 52 home runs at Wrigley Field, most home homers in the National League. On Sunday, they set season-highs in runs scored (14) and hits (16).

6/18 Cubs sign Draft picks – UPDATED

The Cubs have signed eight players selected in the First-Year Player Draft, including left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny out of the University of Missouri, who was chosen 41st overall in the second round.

Other signees include right-handed pitcher Zachary Godley (10th round), catcher Cael Brockmeyer (16th round), shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio (18th round), second baseman Zak Blair (20th round), left fielder Kevin Brown (22nd round), left-handed pitcher Tyler Ihrig (23rd round) and right-handed pitcher Zak Hermans (30th round).

Zastryzny will reportedly receive a bonus of $1.1 million, which is $261,900 less than the assigned slot value for the 41st selection.

Other Cubs Draft picks who have reportedly signed — but not been confirmed by the team — include fourth-round selection Tyler Skulina ($800,000) and ninth-round pick outfielder Charcer Burks. Skulina tied a Kent State record with 11 wins in 2012. He was 6-4 with a 3.36 ERA and 102 strikeouts over 94 innings.

Also, fifth-round pick Trey Masek, a right-handed pitcher, apparently has signed as well. Masek announced the news Tuesday on Twitter: “Just signed my contract, officially a member of the Chicago Cubs organization! Couldn’t be more blessed!”

Zastryzny, 21, posted a 3.38 ERA with three complete games, one shutout and a 2-9 record for Missouri in his junior year this season. He struck out 82 in 90 2/3 innings, compared to 24 walks, and held opponents to a .266 batting average in his 13 starts. In his 2012 sophomore campaign, he struck out 76 batters compared to 31 walks while compiling a 5-5 record.

6/8 Hannemann eager to play ball – UPDATED

In the third round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Cubs selected outfielder Jacob Hannemann, a 22-year-old freshman who went on his Mormon mission before attending Brigham Young on a football scholarship. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was listed as the backup cornerback on the Cougars’ spring depth chart, but his tools on the diamond will lead him into the Cubs organization.

“It’s exactly what I wanted,” Hannemann told’s Cash Kruth about being drafted. “The opportunity’s there so it’s a much better road. BYU was a great opportunity to play both sports I love but now I’m able to be professional. I’m a baseball guy now and I’m a Chicago Cub. I’m real, real excited for it.”

He struggled to open the season — batting only .111/.179/.139/ in his first 40 plate appearances — but finished .344/.415/.553 with five home runs and seven triples en route to garnering West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Hannemann also was 14-for-15 on the basepaths and is hopeful to be part of a young group of players that changes the Cubs’ fortunes.

“I’m just real stoked and blessed to be one of those players,” Hannemann said of being drafted by Epstein. “I’m going to work hard. Nothing’s done yet. I haven’t arrived. I don’t think I’ll ever arrive — that’s my mindset. I hope I progress through the Minors and sometime help the Cubs have a great season.”

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Saturday he didn’t know much about Hannemann other than the scouting reports.

“I know [the Cubs front office] is really happy about being able to get him [in the Draft] and he sounds like one of those football mentality guys who comes to kick your butt every day and has the whole package and can drive the ball, can catch it and run it down,” Sveum said. “The comparisons we’re made to [Jacoby] Ellsbury and [Grady] Sizemore. [Hannemann is] a guy who just came back from a mission and as his season went, he got better and better.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/6 Draft day

OK, you’ve read about the top prospects, you know the Cubs have needs in the system — especially pitching — and heard that they want an impact player. They have the second pick overall. Who would you pick among the final four?

Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray
Stanford RHP Mark Appel
North Carolina 3B Colin Moran
San Diego 3B Kris Bryant