Cubs see signing deadline come and go


CHICAGO – The 4 p.m. CST deadline to sign players from the 2012 draft came and went without the Cubs coming to last-minute terms with anybody.

Second-round pick Duane Underwood, a hard-throwing high-school right-hander from Georgia was the last player the Cubs got under contract. His deal was reached last week, but became official Friday.

The Cubs ended up signing their 20 top picks.

The only first-round pick that did not sign was Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, the No. 8 overall selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Second-round picks by the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets did not sign.

There were just nine players over the first 10 rounds in all of baseball that did not come to terms. The Pirates selected two of those players.