The Chicago Cubs today completed the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The club made 38 selections during the three-day event.
The Cubs picked up a pair of pitchers with baseball pedigrees. Right-handed pitcher Chad Hockin, the sixth-round selection, is the grandson of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who collected 573 homers during a 22-year career, predominantly with the Minnesota Twins. In the 12th round, the Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Trey Cobb, whose grandfather, Frank Linzy, pitched 11 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Giants, Cardinals, Brewers and Phillies.
Cobb is a teammate of Cubs third-round pick Thomas Hatch at Oklahoma State and the duo combined to make 28 starts for the Cowboys this season. Cobb, 21, posted a 3.34 ERA (27 ER/72.2 IP) with 91 strikeouts in 20 outings.
In the 21st round, the Cubs selected catcher Sam Tidaback from the University of North Georgia. Tidaback is a native of nearby Plainfield, Illinois and attended Providence Catholic High School where he was named All-Illinois Second Team in 2012. In the following round, Chicago selected its first high school product, left-handed pitcher Dante Biasi from Hazleton, Pennsylvania, the same hometown as Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
The Cubs selected another local product in the 31st round, right-handed pitcher Brenden Heiss from Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Illinois. Chicago's 38th-round selection, centerfielder Tolly Filotei, is the son of Cubs Regional Crosschecker, Bobby Filotei.
Overall, the Cubs selected 27 pitchers (22 right-handed and five left-handed), two catchers, three outfielders and six infielders. Additionally, the Cubs selected 29 college players and nine high school players.