Synopsis of Chicago Cubs 2011 MLB Draft Class


Overall, the Chicago Cubs selected 50 players, 26 pitchers (21 righthanders and five left-handers), 10 infielders, 11 outfielders and three catchers. The Cubs drafted 29 college players and 21 high school players during the 2011 MLB Draft.

Here is a look at Chicago ’s 50 selections from the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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Cubs take Javier Beaz with 2011 1st Round Draft Pick


The Chicago Cubs last night selected high school infielder Javier Baez out of Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville , Fla. with the 9th overall pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

“Javier has a tremendously live bat, is versatile in the field and we are happy to welcome him to the Cubs organization,” said Tim Wilken, Cubs Director of Amateur and Professional Scouting. “He has a great arm and is a smart base-runner in tune with the game.

“Our scouts got to know Javier and are impressed by his make-up. We saw him catch, play third base and play shortstop. He’s a quiet and thoughtful young man off the field who lets his game speak for itself on the field.”

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White Sox Take Keenyn Walker with their first 2011 MLB Draft Selection


The Chicago White Sox selected switch-hitting outfielder Keenyn Walker out of Central Arizona Junior College with their first pick (47th overall) in tonight’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Yes, due to previous trades the Sox were without a first round pick in the MLB Amateur player draft- but hey JOHN DANKS WON A GAME!

So it’s more than wash- it’s a positive this D-Day.

Walker, a 20-year-old sophomore, batted .402 (86-214) with 11 doubles, eight triples, four home runs, 50 RBI, 76 runs scored and 65 stolen bases in 63 games with Central Arizona this season.  The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Walker posted a .502 on-base and .584 slugging percentage and was successful on 95.6 percent (65-68) of his stolen-base attempts.

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