The Chicago Cubs concluded their June draft Wednesday and chose a familiar name with one of their last picks.
With their 39th-round pick, Cubs drafted Rustin Sveum, a pitcher out of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. Who is the son of manager Dale Sveum.
“He let out a big scream,” Sveum said of his son’s reaction. “It is one of those proud days, but he still has to develop and he better not sign. He better go to college.”
Rustin Sveum, a six-foot pitcher/infielder, is ticketed to start his college career this fall at Dixie State University in St George, Utah.
“Whatever happens in the next four years, he can always say he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs,” said the elder Sveum.
Looking at the bigger picture, the Cubs’ new front office expressed satisfaction its first draft.
“It went according to plan as far as that we talked about adding pitching depth to the system,” said GM Jed Hoyer. “We really pounded away on pitching after we picked (Albert) Almora with the first pick. I thought we would take a hitter at the top and then a lot of pitching and that is exactly what we did. Everyone feels they had a good draft, and in five years, we will find out if we are right.”
The Cubs’ top pick Almora said on Tuesday that his first priority was to go to college. However, most industry people believe that he was just posturing in order to get more money from the Cubs.
As the sixth overall pick, Alomora is slotted at $3.25 million -- meaning that is the most the Cubs can offer Almora.
“We got to know Albert really well,” Hoyer said. “We spent a lot of time with him, and we felt really comfortable with the background information we had on him.”
If you read between the lines, Hoyer is saying the organization is confident that Almora wants to begin his professional career now. The Cubs are hoping to bring Almora to Chicago sometime next week in order to get the first-hand tour of Wrigley Field.