Results tagged ‘ First-Year Player Draft ’

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

6/4 Draft day

Stay tuned here for the latest on the Cubs’ picks in the First-Year Player Draft.’s Cash Kruth will provide updates.

– Carrie Muskat

5/30 Draft day homework

A short time after the Cubs completed their sweep of the Padres at Wrigley Field, Dale Sveum was back throwing batting practice Wednesday to a prospective Draft pick, Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa, who was being considered for Monday’s First-Year Player Draft. Sveum wasn’t the only one watching as Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Randy Bush, Tim Wilken and others in the Cubs front office were present. Also, California left-handed pitcher Max Fried, another top prospect, worked out at Wrigley. They are the first of possibly 40 players whom the Cubs will bring to Wrigley over the next few days leading up to the Draft. Epstein and McLeod did face to face interviews with players while together in Boston, and plan to do the same with the Cubs, who have the sixth pick overall and two supplemental round selections.

– Carrie Muskat

5/30 Cubs prep for Monday’s Draft

Wednesday was day three of the Cubs amateur scouts discussions on who to pick in Monday’s First-Year Player Draft.

“It can get contentious in there as we start debating,” said Jason McLeod, director of scouting and player development. “It’s a great thing — we don’t want to agree all the time.”

The Cubs have the sixth pick overall plus two supplemental round selections. They will invite some players to Chicago to meet them face to face for interviews, which is something McLeod and Theo Epstein did with the Red Sox.

“Any time you make a selection, it’s a significant investment, not only in money but in the organization,” McLeod said. “You only get one chance per round. When you’re picking as high as we are this year, you want to be right, and feel good about that decision.”

McLeod said there seems to be a lot of depth in the high school pitching ranks this year and the Cubs want to improve the pitching in the system, but that doesn’t mean they will select a pitcher.

“Pitching will definitely be a focus in this draft,” he said. “It won’t be a need-based pick, especially with our first pick. It is something we’re going to try to address, it is a need for the organization. We’re not going to overdraft pitching because we need it — it’s got to fit the criteria we’re looking for. I’d be surprised if the Draft is over next week and we don’t feel good about the pitching we took.”

They are studying video, scouting reports, medical records and more. Scouting director Tim Wilken leads the player discussions and McLeod handles the framework of the meetings ongoing at the Cubs new offices. Who has the last word? Epstein.

What are the Cubs looking for?

“The buzz word we use is impact,” McLeod said. “That’s the direction we’ll go with that pick.”

He’s seen the Cubs farm system and recognizes there are needs.

“We definitely feel there’s a need for impact in the organization,” McLeod said. “One thing we know is we’re seeing it first-hand, you need power pitching, you need impact players to get into the post-season and go deep in the postseason. It takes a little bit of time to find those guys through different avenues whether it be trade, Major League free agency, the Draft and through the international market.”

This is prime time for McLeod and his scouts.

“Every Draft is our Super Bowl,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

8/10 Draft deadline

Monday is the deadline for teams to sign their Draft picks, and the Cubs have yet to sign their No. 1 selection, Javier Baez. The 18-year-old shortstop may be close. On his Facebook page, he wrote, “Seven days until I start a new life, Chicago coming soon.” The Cubs have signed eight of their top 22 picks, including outfielder Zeke DeVoss, who was their third selection. Although there have been reports that the Cubs signed Wayne Gretzky’s son Trevor, who was selected in the seventh round, the team has not confirmed that. The deadline for signing Draft picks is Monday at 10:59 p.m. CT. Because of the late hour and last minute agreements, we may not know until Tuesday who has signed.

– Carrie Muskat


6/10 No. 9

Here’s some Draft trivia: The Cubs selected shortstop Javier Baez ninth overall in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. Other notable players taken ninth overall include John Danks (2003), Barry Zito (1999), Michael Cuddyer (1997), Kevin Appier (1987), Ron Darling (1981), Steve Buechele (1979), and Clint Hurdle (1975). Of the 46 players selected ninth in the first round since 1965, 27 — or 58 percent — have played in the Major Leagues.

For the Cubs, they’ve had the ninth pick in the first round twice before and selected Ty Griffin in 1988 and Derrick May in 1986.

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Cubs sign 4 Draft picks

The Cubs agreed to terms with four more of their First-Year Player Draft picks by Monday’s 11 p.m. CT deadline, including seventh-round pick Benjamin Wells and ninth-round selection Kevin Rhoderick.

In total, the Cubs agreed to terms with 15 of their first 16 picks. The only exception was outfielder Ivan DeJesus of Cupeyville (Puerto Rico) High School, who is no relation to Cubs first base coach Ivan DeJesus.

Wells, a right-handed pitcher out of Bryant High School in Arkansas, and Rhoderick, a right-handed pitcher from Oregon State University, were the last to sign among the top 10 picks.

Besides Wells and Rhoderick, the other Draft picks who agreed to terms Monday include left-handed pitcher Casey Harman, selected in the 29th round out of Clemson University, and left-handed pitcher Brian Smith, a 40th-round pick out of St. Mary’s Catholic (Ontario).

The Cubs agreed to terms with 29 of their first 50 selections, including 21 of their first 25 selections.

Chicago selected right-hander Hayden Simpson of Southern Arkansas in the first round, but he has been unable to play in the Minor Leagues this year after a bout with mononucleosis.

– Carrie Muskat

6/23 Cubs sign Gibbs, more picks

The Cubs have agreed to terms with their third-round selection, catcher Micah Gibbs from Louisiana State University. The Cubs now have agreed to terms with 20 of their 50 selections from the First-Year Player Draft, including three of the first four picks. In addition to Gibbs, the Cubs announced the signings of infielders Pierre LePage (13th round) and Elliot Soto (15th round), right-handed pitcher Ryan Hartman (16th round) and catcher Chad Noble (37th round).

Gibbs batted .388 with 47 runs, 14 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and a .458 on-base percentage in 62 games as LSU’s starting catcher.

– Carrie Muskat

6/19 Cubs reach terms with 15 picks

Besides signing No. 1 pick Hayden Simpson, the Cubs announced Saturday they have reached agreement with 15 of their 50 selections, including seven of the first 14. Here’s a list of the Cubs’ First-Year Player Draft picks who have agreed to terms:

Round 1: RHP Hayden Simpson, Southern Arkansas

Round 4: LHP Hunter Ackerman, Louisburg, College

Round 8: LHP Cameron Greathouse, Gulf Coast Community College

Round 10: RHP Aaron Kurcz, College of Southern Nevada

Round 11: LHP Eric Jokisch, Northwestern University

Round 12: RHP Austin Reed, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High School

Round 14: RHP Colin Richardson, Winter Haven (Fla.) High School

Round 19: RHP Dustin Fitzgerald, Hill Junior College

Round 20: IF Ryan Cuneo, University of Delaware

Round 22: C Jeff Vigurs, Bryant University

Round 23: RHP Matthew Loosen, Jacksonville University

Round 25: RHP Eric Rice, Palm Beach Community College.

Round 28: RHP Joseph Zeller, The Masters College

Round 32: LHP Brent Ebinger, Lambuth University

Round 34: IF Dustin Harrington, East Carolina University

– Carrie Muskat

6/17 First round pick update

The Cubs appear to be close to signing No. 1 pick Hayden Simpson, selected 16th overall in the First-Year Player Draft. Simpson, a right-handed pitcher from Southern Arkansas, could be at Wrigley Field this weekend to announce the signing.

The Cubs have agreed to terms with 11 of their picks from the June Draft, including Hunter Ackerman, taken in the fourth round out of Louisburg College.

– Carrie Muskat


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