Overview of Cubs Draft Day 2

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Given the way 2010 is going for the Chicago Cubs, it’s never to early to start thinking about the future. (And just think how many years Cubs have been resigned to adopt this outlook before Flag Day?) Anyways, critical decisions were made on that short term future today, as the baby bears completed the second day of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The club thus far has selected 30 players. The third and final day of the draft is tomorrow with rounds 31-50. The team also drafted Ivan DeJesus (yes, the same exact name as the below average middle infielder they famously traded for the legendary Ryne Sandberg in 1982.

They picked some local products today including  Eric Jokisch out of Northwestern University with their 11th round pick (340th overall).

By Paul M. Banks

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The left-handed pitcher is from Virginia , Illinois and was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 39th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign.

The Cubs stayed in the Land of Lincoln again when selecting Algonquin, Ill-native Elliot Soto (infielder) from Creighton University in the 15th round (460th overall) and right-handed pitcher Ryan Hartman from Mt. Zion High School in the 16th round (490th overall).

The Cubs selected outfielder Reggie Golden out of Wetumpka High School in Wetumpka , Alabama in the second round (65th overall) and catcher Micah Gibbs out of Louisiana State University (LSU) in the third round (97th overall). Reggie Golden was recommended by area scout Tom Clark and Micah Gibbs was recommended by area scout Jim Crawford.cubs logo

Reggie Golden, 18, batted .460 (29-for-83) with 18 walks, 28 runs, five doubles, five home runs, 24 RBI and a .578 on-base percentage in 27 games in 2010 for the Indians. Golden is a five-foot-11, 210-pounder who bats and throws right-handed.

Micah Gibbs is a draft-eligible junior for Louisiana State University . In 2010, Gibbs batted a team-leading .388 (95-for-245) with 47 runs, 14 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and a .458 on-base percentage in 62 games as the club’s starting catcher. The 21-year-old Gibbs is five-foot-11, 215 pounds, bats switch and throws right-handed. He graduated from Pflugerville ( Texas ) High School, but only played baseball at Leander ( Texas ) High School due to Texas transfer rules.

Through the first two days, the Cubs have selected 18 pitchers (13 righthanders and five left-handers), six infielders, four outfielders and two catchers. Additionally, the Cubs have to date selected 22 college players and eight high school players.

Here is the entire list of Chicago ’s first 30 selections from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft:

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

1 (16)                  Hayden Simpson                  RHP             Southern Arkansas University                     05/20/1989         R      R      6-0       175

2 (65)                  Reggie Golden                     OF               Wetumpka High School ( Ala )                       10/10/1991         R      R      5-11     210

3 (97)                  Micah Gibbs                         C                  Louisiana State University                            07/27/1988         S      R      5-11     215

4 (130)                Hunter Ackerman                LHP              Louisburg College (Va)                                10/24/1990         L      L      6-1       185

5 (160)                Matthew Szczur                   OF               Villanova University (Penn)                         07/20/1989         R      R      6-1       190

6 (190)                Ivan De Jesus                     OF               Cupeyville High School ( Puerto Rico )          08/27/1992         R      R      6-0       175

7 (220)                Benjamin Wells                    RHP             Bryant High School ( Ark )                             09/10/1992         R      R      6-3       220

8 (250)                Cameron Greathouse          LHP              Gulf Coast CC ( Fla )                                     07/29/1990         L      L      6-2       210

9 (280)                Kevin Rhoderick                   RHP             Oregon State University                              08/19/1988         R      R      6-0       195

10 (310)              Aaron Kurcz                         RHP             College of Southern Nevada                        08/08/1990         R      R      6-0       175

11 (340)              Eric Jokisch                          LHP              Northwestern University                             07/29/1989         R      L      6-2       180

12 (370)              Austin Reed                         RHP             Rancho Cucamonga HS ( Calif )                    10/31/1991         R      R      6-5       210

13 (400)              Pierre LePage                      INF              Univ. of Connecticut                                    02/23/1989         R      R      5-8       168

14 (430)              Colin Richardson                  RHP             Winter Haven High School ( Fla )                  08/13/1991         R      R      6-1       180

15 (460)              Elliot Soto                            INF              Creighton University ( Neb )                         08/21/1989         R      R      5-9       160

16 (490)              Ryan Hartman                     RHP             Mt. Zion High School ( Ill )                             05/10/1992         R      R      6-3       200

17 (520)              Steven Brooks                     OF               Wake Forest University (N.C.)                    01/26/1989         R      R      6-0       195

18 (550)              Ronald Pinckard                   RHP             Baylor University ( Texas )                            08/15/1988         L      R      6-1       190

19 (580)              Dustin Fitzgerald                 RHP             Hill JC ( Texas )                                             12/06/1989         R      R      6-4       225

20 (610)              Ryan Cuneo                        INF              University of Delaware                                 10/10/1988         L      R      6-3       205

21 (640)              Cody Cox                            RHP             Grassfield High School (Va)                         12/16/1991         R      R      6-6       205

22 (670)              Jeff Vigurs                           C                  Bryant University (R.I.)                              03/10/1988         L      R      6-0       190

23 (700)              Matthew Loosen                  RHP             Jacksonville University ( Fla )                        04/10/1989         R      R      6-2       205

24 (730)              Dustin Geiger                       INF              Merritt Island High School ( Fla )                   12/02/1991         R      R      6-2       180

25 (760)              Eric Rice                               RHP             Palm Beach CC ( Fla )                                    09/21/1989         R      R      5-11     180

26 (790)              Danny Muno                        INF              Fresno State Univ. ( Calif )                           02/09/1989         S      R      5-11     175

27 (820)              Bryan Harper                       LHP              College of Southern Nevada                        12/29/1989         L      L      6-5       195

28 (850)              Joseph Zeller                       RHP             The Masters College ( Calif )                         10/17/1987         R      R      5-10     190

29 (880)              Casey Harman                     LHP              Clemson University (S.C.)                           03/17/1989         L      L      6-1       200

30 (910)              Karsten Strieby                   INF              Arizona Western College                              02/21/1991         R      R      6-6       225

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