Draft Pick Signing Update

Last year, Cub fans were sweating until almost the deadline hour to see if the Cubs could sign top pick Josh Vitters. This year, the Cubs appear to have almost everything wrapped up, despite 25 days left before the signing deadline for draft picks. Let's take a look at where the Cubs stand...
  • The Cubs have signed a total of 29 of their 50 draft picks.
  • The top 10 picks and 20 of the top 21 have signed.
  • The lowest signed pick is Bob Brenly's son, Michael (36th round).
  • The lone unsigned prospect from the first 20 rounds is 10th rounder Alex Wilson, a right-handed pitcher. Some scouts say Wilson has a 1st-2nd round arm, but he underwent Tommy John surgery last July and didn't pitch this spring for Texas A&M. All indications are that he is expected to return to school to help his draft stock for next year.
  • The Boise Hawks currently have 15 draft picks on their roster, including supplemental 1st round pick Ryan Flaherty.
  • Ryne Sandberg's Peoria Chiefs have four 2008 draft picks; 7th rounder Luis Flores, 9th rounder Jay Jackson, 12th rounder Jake Optiz, and 25th rounder Rebel Ridling.

Top Draft Pick Performances to Date:

  • Josh Harrison (6th round)-hitting .356 for Boise with a .455 OBP and 11 stolen bases.
  • Jay Jackson (9th round)-2.38 ERA, 1-0 record, 16 K's in 11 and 1/3 innings since being promoted to Peoria.
  • Dan McDaniel (14th round)-No earned runs in 9 and 1/3 innings pitched, WHIP of 0.86, 16 K's at Boise.
  • Ryan Keedy (16th round)-hitting .304 for Boise with a .419 OBP. 18 RBI's in 32 games.
  • Jericho Jones (20th round)-hitting .448 with 4 HR's and 17 RBI's in 15 games for the Arizona Cubs. His OPS is 1.293.
  • Rebel Ridling (25th round)-hitting .333 between Boise and Peoria, with 6 HR's and 32 RBI's in 30 games.
  • Sean Hoorelbeke (33rd round)-hitting .390 with 17 RBI's and 17 runs in 17 games for the Arizona Cubs.

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