Chicago Cubs: Amateur draft

Bubba Starling on Cubs' draft radar?

June, 5, 2011
6/05/11
3:24
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMIBubba Starling, who has signed a letter of intent to play quarterback at Nebraska, will likely be a first-round pick in baseball's amateur draft.
ST LOUIS -- In baseball circles, Chicago Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken has always been considered an outside-the-box talent evaluator when it comes to making his top picks.

When the June amateur draft gets underway on Monday, the Cubs may be hoping outfielder Bubba Starling falls to their spot at No. 9.

Starling, an 18-year-old out of the Kansas City area, is 6-5 and 195 pounds. He has also already signed a letter of intent to play quarterback at Nebraska, although a multi-million dollar contract offer would probably convince Starling to play baseball.

Starling has retained super agent Scott Boras as an adviser, a precursor to hiring an agent once a player is drafted.

This year’s first two rounds are said to be loaded with talent.

The draft has a lot of pitching depth, however many expect the first overall pick to be Rice University third baseman Anthony Rendon, a 20-year-old who is 6-feet and 190-pounds and is described by Baseball America as an all-around baseball athlete.

Cubs getting ready for June amateur draft

June, 1, 2011
6/01/11
7:37
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Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry and assistant GM Randy Bush will be in Mesa, Ariz. beginning Thursday to prepare for the amateur draft, which runs June 6-8.

Scouting director Tim Wilken and the team’s top amateur scouts will also be in the war room.

The Cubs have the No. 9 pick in this year’s draft. Some draft experts are projecting outfielder Bubba Starling , 18, as the Cubs’ choice if he’s available at their spot.

Starling, who is 6-5, 195 pounds, is a football and baseball star from Gardner, Kansas. He also has signed a letter of intent to play quarterback at Nebraska, so even if he's still available, the Cubs will have to consider his signability.

Starling has selected super agent Scott Boras to advise him.

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