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Friday, June 15, 2012
Report: Cubs sign supplemental round pick

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have come to a deal with supplemental first-round pick Paul Blackburn, according to Baseball America.

The Northern California high-school product was the 56th overall selection in last week’s draft, a spot the Cubs received when Carlos Pena signed with the Tampa Bay Rays this winter.

The right-handed pitcher has a fastball that can reach the mid to low 90-mph range and projects to have three major league worthy pitches.

Blackburn’s deal was for $911,700, the full value for his spot in the draft.

The Cubs have also reportedly signed fourth-round pick Josh Conway, a right-hander from Coastal Carolina University (S.C.).