Cubs have top 20 picks under contract

July, 13, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Cubs announced Friday that second-round selection Duane Underwood is now signed, meaning that all of their top 20 selections are now under contract.

The right-handed pitcher actually agreed to his deal last week and it became official Friday after the results from his physical exam were complete.

Baseball America reported that Underwood signed for $1.05 million. The value of the No. 67 spot where he was selected was $769,600, but Underwood had a commitment to attend the University of Georgia.

Underwood has a fastball that can reach above 95 mph at times with a solid curveball.

The deadline for signing drafted players is 4 p.m. CST on Friday. The Cubs are not expected to sign anybody else from their 2012 draft class. The highest selection that has not signed is 19th-round pick Damek Tomscha, an infielder from Iowa Western Community College.

The Underwood signing means the Cubs have come to terms with 29 of their 42 selections. First-round selection Albert Almora, a high school outfielder from Florida, came to an agreement on a $3.9 million deal earlier this week.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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