Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Cubs go for pitching on Day 2 of draft
By Scott Powers
The Chicago Cubs put an emphasis on pitching during the second day of the MLB First-Year Player draft on Tuesday.
The Cubs selected pitchers in the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, 10th, 12th and 14th rounds on Tuesday. They also used two of their three selections on pitchers on Monday.
The Cubs drafted Pope High School (Ga.) right-handed pitcher Duane Underwood in the second round at No. 67 overall. Underwood, who is 6-2 and 205 pounds, is signed with Georgia.
ESPN Scouts Inc. described Underwood as “one of those pitchers scouts get excited about because when he’s good, he’s among the best pure arms in the draft.”
Nipomo High School (Calif.) right-handed pitcher Ryan McNeil, who is 6-3 and 210 pounds, was taken in the third round. McNeil is signed with Long Beach State.
Coastal Carolina junior right-handed pitcher Josh Conway, who is 6-1, 175 pound, was selected in the fourth round. Conway had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May. He was 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA in nine starts this season. He allowed 43 hits, 13 earned runs, 18 walks and struck out 50 hitters in 54 2/3 innings. He was previously drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 42nd round of the 2009 draft.
Americas High School (Texas) left-handed pitcher Anthony Prieto, who is 5-11, 170 pounds, was drafted in the fifth round.
GateWay junior college right-handed pitcher Trey Lang, who is 6-3 and 225 pounds, was taken in the sixth round. He was 2-2 with five saves and a 0.87 ERA in 50 appearances this season. He allowed 16 hits, three earned runs, 14 walks and struck out 31 hitters in 31 innings.
Virginia redshirt sophomore third baseman Stephen Bruno was taken in the seventh round. Bruno, who is 5-9 and 175 pounds, led Virginia with a .370 average and 88 hits this season. He also had 49 runs, 23 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 54 RBIs, 11 stolen bases and a .424 on-base percentage. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 26th round in 2009. He missed a majority of the 2011 season with a hamstring injury.
South Carolina Beaufort senior left-handed pitcher Michael Heesch was drafted in the eighth round. Heesch, who is 6-5, played two years at UIC and attended Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Ill. He was 9-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 18 starts this season. He allowed 115 hits, 30 earned runs, 13 walks and struck out 118 batters in 122 1/3 innings. He pitched nine innings in six starts this season.
California senior catcher Chadd Krist was selected in the ninth round. Krist, who is 5-11 and 190 pounds, hit .294 with 29 runs, 65 hits, 19 doubles, four home runs, 36 RBIs, a .436 slugging percentage and a .325 on-base percentage this season. He threw out seven of 38 runners attempting to steal. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 13th round in 2011.
Indiana senior right-handed pitcher Chad Martin was drafted in the 10th round. Martin, who is 6-7 and 230 pounds, was 2-3 with a 4.79 ERA in 19 games, which included nine starts, with the Hoosiers this season. He allowed 80 hits, 36 earned runs, 27 walks and struck out 47 hitters in 67 2/3 innings.
Mundy’s Mill High School (Ga.) center fielder Rashad Crawford, who is 6-3 and 185 pounds, was taken in the 11th round. He is signed with Savannah State.
Louisville junior redshirt right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung was drafted in the 12th round. Amlung, who is 6-1 and 180 pounds, was 9-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 16 starts this season. He allowed 83 hits, 28 earned runs, 26 walks and struck out 105 hitters in 109 innings. He was drafted in the 39th round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2011.
Orange Coast junior college outfielder Bijan Rademacher was selected in the 13th round. Rademacher, who is 6-0 and 200 pounds, had a .349 average with 31 runs, 51 hits, seven doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 49 RBIs, a .426 on-base percentage and a .582 slugging percentage this season.
St. Petersburg junior college right-handed pitcher Corbin Hoffner was drafted in the 14th round. Hoffner, who is 6-5 and 235 pounds, was 5-5 with a 2.52 ERA in 14 games this season. He allowed 60 hits, 20 earned runs, 16 walks and struck out 73 hitters in 71 1/3 innings.
Nevada junior catcher Carlos Escobar Jr. was selected in the 15th round. Escobar, who is 6-2 and 185 pounds, hit .283 with 28 runs, 14 doubles, a triple, four home runs and 38 RBIs this season. He was drafted in the 41st round by the Houston Astros in 2009.