Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Theo Epstein, Jason McLeod and Jed Hoyer continue with 2012 draft selections; Cubs to play Brewers in Milwaukee at 7:10pm CT

Today is day two of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.  Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, along with SVP of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod and GM Jed Hoyer followed through with their plans to replenish pitchers as they selected seven pitchers out of their nine picks today and also selected two pitchers yesterday.

Here are the Cubs' selections for Day 2:

RHP Duane Underwood, Pope High School in Georgia with the 67th overall pick

RHP Ryan McNeil, Nipomo High School in California with the 101st overall pick

RHP Joshua Conway, Coastal Carolina University with the 134th overall pick

LHP Anthony Prieto, Americas High School in Texas with the 164th overall pick

RHP Trey Lang, Gateway Community College in Arizona with the 194th overall pick

3B Stephen Bruno, University of Virginia with the 224th overall pick

LHP Michael Heesch, University of South Carolina Beaufort with the 254th overall pick

C Chadd Krist, University of California with the 284th overall pick

RHP Chad Martin, Indiana University with the 314th overall pick

Cubs' first round pick Albert Almora says he is focusing on college (Chicago Tribune photo)
Yesterday, the Cubs selected high school outfielder Albert Almora with their first pick (No. 6 overall).  It sounds like Almora isn't in any hurry to come to an agreement with the Cubs as he has a scholarship to the University of Miami and says, "My main priority now is college.  I just graduated high school and I have a full scholarship to the University of Miami, and that's all I'm looking forward to right now."  Almora's agent is Scott Boras, who has a history of playing hardball.  We'll see what happens.

The Cubs also selected Missouri State right-handed pitcher Pierce Johnson (No. 43 overall) and high school right-handed pitcher Paul Blackburn (No. 56 overall) yesterday.

Tonight the Cubs will play the first game of a three-game series against the Brewers in Milwaukee at 7:10pm CT.  Ryan Dempster will start for the Cubs and try for his first win of the season.  Let's hope Dempster will get some run support from his teammates.

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