Cubs sign pitcher Pierce Johnson

The Chicago Cubs have thus far signed 21 players selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, including right-handed pitcher Pierce Johnson out of Missouri State University, who was the second player drafted by the club with the 43rd overall pick (compensation round).

In addition to Johnson, the list of new Cubs signees thus far includes left-handed pitcher Anthony Prieto (fifth round), right-handed pitcher Chad Martin (10th round), outfielder Bijan Rademacher (13th round), right-handed pitcher Michael Hamann (16th round) and right-handed pitcher Eduardo Orozco (22nd round).

Johnson, 21, had a 2.53 ERA (28 ER/99.2 IP) in 14 starts for Missouri State University this past season, recording a single-season school record 119 strikeouts to lead the Missouri Valley Conference, averaging 10.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings of work. He helped lead the Bears to their first NCAA Regional appearance in nine years, going 2-1 with a 1.36 ERA in his final four starts, and was twice named the conference’s Pitcher of the Week.

The six-foot-three, 180-pound Johnson in 2011 ranked ninth in the conference with 72 strikeouts and recorded 8.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings of work.  In three seasons with Missouri State University, Johnson struck out 227 batters in 216.0 innings of work, the fifth-highest career strikeout total in Bears history.

The players highlighted in bold below have thus far signed with the Cubs ahead of the July 13 deadline.

Rd. (pick No.)      Player                                Pos.            School                                                        Birthday            B     T      Ht.       Wt.

1 (6)                    Albert Almora                     OF               Mater Academy Charter School (Fla.)       4/16/1994           R      R      6-2       180

1A (43)              Pierce Johnson                RHP            Missouri State University                     5/10/1991        R     R     6-3      180

1A (56)              Paul Blackburn                RHP            Heritage High School (Calif.)                12/4/1993        R     R     6-2      185

2 (67)                  Duane Underwood            RHP             Pope High School (Ga.)                             7/20/1994           R      R      6-2       205 

3 (101)                Ryan McNeil                       RHP             Nipomo High School (Calif.)                     2/1/1994             R      R      6-3       210

4 (134)              Josh Conway                    RHP            Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)       4/12/1991        R     R     6-1      175

5 (164)              Anthony Prieto                LHP             Americas High School (Texas)            11/16/1993     L      L      5-11   170 

6 (194)                Trey Lang                           RHP             Gateway CC (Ariz.)                                     5/18/1992           R      R      6-3       225

7 (224)              Stephen Bruno                INF             University of Virginia                              11/17/1990     R     R     5-9      175

8 (254)              Michael Heesch               LHP             Univ. of South Carolina Beaufort        5/15/1990        R     L      6-5      260

9 (284)              Chadd Krist                      C                  University of California, Berkeley       1/28/1990        R     R     5-11   190

10 (314)            Chad Martin                     RHP            Indiana University                                  5/17/1990        R     R     6-7      230

11 (344)            Rashard Crawford          OF               Mundy’s Hill High School (Ga.)             10/15/1993     S      R     6-3      185

12 (374)              Justin Amlung                    RHP             University of Louisville (Ky.)                    5/21/1990           R      R      6-1       180

13 (404)            Bijan Rademacher         OF               Orange Coast College (Calif.)              6/15/1991        L      L      6-0      200

14 (434)            Corbin Hoffner                 RHP            St. Petersburg College (Fla.)                7/30/1993        R     R     6-5      235

15 (464)            Carlos Escobar                C                  University of Nevada                             12/31/1990     R     R     6-2      185

16 (494)            Michael Hamann             RHP            University of Toledo (Ohio)                  1/1/1991          R     R     6-3      170

17 (524)            Nathan Dorris                  LHP             Southern Illinois University                  12/9/1990        L      L      6-3      185

18 (554)              David Bote                         INF              Neosho County CC (Kan.)                         4/7/1993             R      R      5-11     170

19 (584)              Damek Tomscha                INF              Iowa Western CC                                       8/27/1991           R      R      6-2       200

20 (614)              Blake Hickman                   C                  Simeon Career Academy (Ill.)                   10/29/1993         R      R      6-4       190

21 (644)            Stephen Perakslis          RHP            University of Maine – Orono                1/15/1991        R     R     6-0      185

22 (674)            Eduardo Orozco              RHP            University of California Riverside        4/11/1989        R     R     6-4     

23 (704)              Jake Drossner                    LHP             Council Rock North High School (Pa.)      5/16/1994           R      L      6-1       189

24 (734)              Jameson Fisher                  C                  Zachary High School (La.)                         12/18/93             L      R      6-2       175

25 (764)              Rhett Wiseman                   OF               Buckingham, Browne & Nichols (Mass.)  6/22/1994           L      R      5-11     187

26 (794)              Jasvir Rakkar                     RHP             SUNY Stony Brook (N.Y.)                          4/27/1991           R      R      6-2       200 

27 (824)              Tyler Bremer                       RHP             Baylor University (Texas)                         12/7/1989           R      R      6-2       225

28 (854)            Lance Rymel                    C                  Rogers State University (Okla.)          5/2/1990          R     R     6-0      195

29 (884)              Austin Pentecost                RHP             Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho)           5/27/1990           R      R      6-2       195

30 (914)            Izaac Garsez                    OF               College of Idaho                                      1/24/1990        L      L      6-1      210

31 (944)              Bryan Bonnell                     RHP             Centennial High School (Nev.)                  9/28/1993           L      R      6-5       190

32 (974)            Timothy Saunders          INF             Marietta College (Ohio)                        5/17/1990        R     R     6-0      180

33 (1004)            Thomas Pannone               OF               Bishop Hendricken School (R.I.)              4/28/1994           L      L      6-0       180

34 (1034)            Christian Botnick               RHP             Notre Dame Catholic SS (Ontario)            10/5/1994           R      R      6-3       195

35 (1064)          Ben Carhart                     INF             Stetson University (Fla.)                       1/21/1990        R     R     5-8      185

36 (1094)            Sly Edwards                       OF               St. Brendan High School (Fla.)                  9/22/1993           R      R      5-11     168

37 (1124)            Clayton Crum                     RHP             Howard College (Texas)                           1/16/1992           R      R      6-1       195

38 (1154)            Hassan Evans                    OF               Herkimer County CC (N.Y.)                        12/15/1991         R      R      6-3       200

39 (1184)            Rustin Sveum                     INF              Desert Mountain High School (Ariz.)        3/1/1994             S      R      6-0       175

40 (1214)          Jacob Rogers                   INF             Mt. Olive College (N.C.)                         8/23/1989        L      R     6-4      215