Cubs 2012 First-Year Player Draft Signing Update

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have thus far signed 18 of their first 20 picks and 27 players overall selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, including right-handed pitcher Ryan McNeil out of Nipomo (Calif.) High School, who was selected by the Cubs in the third round of the draft. 

In addition to McNeil, the list of new Cubs signees includes right-handed pitcher Trey Lang (sixth round), right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung (12th round) and infielder David Bote (18th round).

McNeil, 18, logged a 1.10 ERA and held the opposition to a .175 batting average last season for Nipomo High School. He struck out 94 hitters in 57.1 innings pitched, good for an average of 14.76 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, while walking just 21 hitters. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound McNeil hit .392 (20-for-51) with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and 18 RBI.

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

1 (6)

Albert Almora

OF

Mater Academy Charter School (Fla.)

1A (43)

Pierce Johnson

RHP

Missouri State University

1A (56)

Paul Blackburn

RHP

Heritage High School (Calif.)

2 (67)

Duane Underwood

RHP

Pope High School (Ga.)

3 (101)

Ryan McNeil

RHP

Nipomo High School (Calif.)

4 (134)

Josh Conway

RHP

Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)

5 (164)

Anthony Prieto

LHP

Americas High School (Texas)

6 (194)

Trey Lang

RHP

Gateway CC (Ariz.)

7 (224)

Stephen Bruno

INF

University of Virginia

8 (254)

Michael Heesch

LHP

Univ. of South Carolina Beaufort

9 (284)

Chadd Krist

C

University of California, Berkeley

10 (314)

Chad Martin

RHP

Indiana University

11 (344)

Rashard Crawford

OF

Mundy’s Hill High School (Ga.)

12 (374)

Justin Amlung

RHP

University of Louisville (Ky.)

13 (404)

Bijan Rademacher

OF

Orange Coast College (Calif.)

14 (434)

Corbin Hoffner

RHP

St. Petersburg College (Fla.)

15 (464)

Carlos Escobar

C

University of Nevada

16 (494)

Michael Hamann

RHP

University of Toledo (Ohio)

17 (524)

Nathan Dorris

LHP

Southern Illinois University

18 (554)

David Bote

INF

Neosho County CC (Kan.)

19 (584)

Damek Tomscha

INF

Iowa Western CC

20 (614)

Blake Hickman

C

Simeon Career Academy (Ill.)

21 (644)

Stephen Perakslis

RHP

University of Maine – Orono

22 (674)

Eduardo Orozco

RHP

University of California Riverside

23 (704)

Jake Drossner

LHP

Council Rock North High School (Pa.)

24 (734)

Jameson Fisher

C

Zachary High School (La.)

25 (764)

Rhett Wiseman

OF

Buckingham, Browne & Nichols (Mass.)

26 (794)

Jasvir Rakkar

RHP

SUNY Stony Brook (N.Y.)

27 (824)

Tyler Bremer

RHP

Baylor University (Texas)

28 (854)

Lance Rymel

C

Rogers State University (Okla.)

29 (884)

Austin Pentecost

RHP

Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho)

30 (914)

Izaac Garsez

OF

College of Idaho

31 (944)

Bryan Bonnell

RHP

Centennial High School (Nev.)

32 (974)

Timothy Saunders

INF

Marietta College (Ohio)

33 (1004)

Thomas Pannone

OF

Bishop Hendricken School (R.I.)

34 (1034)

Christian Botnick

RHP

Notre Dame Catholic SS (Ontario)

35 (1064)

Ben Carhart

INF

Stetson University (Fla.)

36 (1094)

Sly Edwards

OF

St. Brendan High School (Fla.)

37 (1124)

Clayton Crum

RHP

Howard College (Texas)

38 (1154)

Hassan Evans

OF

Herkimer County CC (N.Y.)

39 (1184)

Rustin Sveum

INF

Desert Mountain High School (Ariz.)

40 (1214)

Jacob Rogers

INF

Mt. Olive College (N.C.)