February 23, 2012; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (left) and president Theo Epstein (right) watch the inaugural match play bunting tournament during spring training at Fitch Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

MLB Draft 2012: OF Albert Almora Signs With Cubs

The Chicago Cubs took Albert Almora with their first pick.

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2012 MLB Draft: Cubs Sign No. 6 Pick Albert Almora, Finish Draft Signings

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms with their top draft pick, OF Albert Almora, taking him No. 6 overall in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft. According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, the Cubs have finally signed the young athlete:

And were the Cubs efficient at managing their budget under the new collective bargaining agreement? According to Callis, the Cubs finished with cash to spare:

The Cubs reportedly went $373,800 over their bonus pool budget, but avoided the second tier of penalties -- which include the loss of a first round draft pick -- by keeping under the $396,695 limit (5% of their bonus pool), leaving them just about $23,000 under.

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2012 MLB Prospects: Keith Law Rates The Cubs Early Selections Highly

The Chicago Cubs have wrapped up their first-ever draft with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer at the helm, and now the gurus have begun weighing in on the front office's haul. According to prospect expert Keith Law, the Cubs made some prudent selections early in the 2012 MLB Draft:

Chicago Cubs Summary: Strong first few picks for the Cubs, leading with Albert Almora (1), a high-floor high school center fielder who still has star potential because of his bat and mature approach at the plate. Pierce Johnson (1A) might have been a first-rounder if he hadn't been felled by a forearm strain this spring; I worry about it becoming a recurring issue because of torque generated at the end of his delivery, but the stuff and results are first-round worthy, with No. 2 starter ceiling if he holds up.


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The Cubs also selected a few mid-draft prospects who could blossom into something more impressive with a little time:

Josh Conway (4) was probably a top-50 pick before blowing out his elbow in May. Trey Lang (6) was an oddly used JC reliever and first baseman, a 6-3, 225-pound right-hander who can work at 90-94 but whose slider comes and goes.

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2012 MLB Draft Results: Chicago Cubs Finish Off First Draft Under Theo Epstein

And the first draft for the Chicago Cubs under the new front office leadership team of Theo Epstein, Jason McLeod and Jed Hoyer is officially over. On Wednesday afternoon, the 2012 MLB Draft completed its final 25 rounds, finishing off the three-day event.

Overall, the Cubs ended up selecting 42 players over the three days, led by first round pick Albert Almora. Keep in mind that the team may not necessarily be able to sign all of these players, though. The deadline for signing all players drafted in this year's First-Year Player Draft is July 13.

Here's a look at all the Cubs' draft picks so far:

  1. OF Albert Almora (No. 6 overall)
  2. RHP Pierce Johnson (No. 43)
  3. RHP Paul Blackburn (No. 56)
  4. RHP Duane Underwood (No. 67)
  5. RHP Ryan McNeil (No. 101)
  6. RHP Josh Conway (No. 134)
  7. LHP Anthony Prieto (No. 164)
  8. RHP Trey Lang (No. 194)
  9. 3B Stephen Bruno (No. 224)
  10. LHP Michael Heesch (No. 254)
  11. C Chadd Krist (No. 284)
  12. RHP Chad Martin (No. 314)
  13. CF Rashad Crawford (No. 344)
  14. RHP Justin Amlung (No. 374)
  15. OF Bijan Rademacher (No. 404)
  16. RHP Corbin Hoffner (No. 434)
  17. C Carlos Escobar (No. 464)
  18. RHP Michael Hamann (No. 494)
  19. LHP Nathan Dorris (No. 524)
  20. SS David Bote (No. 554)
  21. 3B Damek Tomscha (No. 584)
  22. C Blake Hickman (No. 614)
  23. RHP Stephen Perakslis (No. 644)
  24. RHP Eduardo Orozco (No. 674)
  25. LHP Jake Drossner (No. 704)
  26. C Jameson Fisher (No. 734)
  27. OF Rhett Wiseman (No. 764)
  28. RHP Jasvir Rakkar (No. 794)
  29. RHP Tyler Bremer (No. 824)
  30. C Lance Rymel (No. 854)
  31. RHP Austin Pentecost (No. 884)
  32. OF Izaac Garsez (No. 914)
  33. RHP Bryan Bonnell (No. 944)
  34. SS Timothy Saunders (No. 974)
  35. OF Thomas Pannone (No. 1004)
  36. RHP Christian Botnick (No. 1034)
  37. 3B Ben Carhart (No. 1064)
  38. OF Sly Edwards (No. 1094)
  39. RHP Clayton Crum (No. 1124)
  40. OF Hassan Evans (No. 1154)
  41. 3B Rustin Sveum (No. 1184)
  42. 1B Jacob Rogers (No. 1214)

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more comprehensive MLB prospect and draft coverage, visit Minor League Ball. And for more news and notes from around the league, check out Baseball Nation.

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2012 MLB Draft: Cubs Looking For 'Impact' Pitchers

In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Cubs player development guru Jason McLeod delivered no uncertain terms concerning the club's draft strategy:

"One thing that we know is … you need power pitching, you need impact players to get into the postseason and to go deep into the postseason," McLeod said.

"It takes a little bit of time to acquire those guys, whether it be trade, major-league free agency and certainly in the draft and international markets. That’s something that we’re going to try to do, and, again, it’s that word, ‘impact.’ That’s what we’re looking to get."

The Cubs currently have a minor league system ranked among the worst in the MLB, but with four picks in the upcoming MLB Rule 4 Draft, they have a chance of rectifying that. And though the club has pitching needs, they also will stay focused on what kind of positional talent is available at the top:

"Pitching will definitely be a focus in this draft," McLeod said. "It’s not going to be need-based picks, especially with our first pick. But once we get past the first pick — and it could be a pitcher; it may not be a pitcher — it is something we are going to certainly try to address. It is a need for our organization..."

The 2012 MLB Amateur Draft begins on June 4 and lasts three days. Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more updates on the draft.

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2012 MLB Draft: Chicago Cubs Focused On Adding Pitching Depth

While the Chicago White Sox are in the market for acquiring talent of any kind in the upcoming 2012 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs will have a particular focus on the pitching side of talent:

The 2012 Rule 4 Draft in June will make the first draft conducted by GM Jed Hoyer and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein since taking over the club in the recent offseason. The duo worked with the Red Sox for nearly a decade, drafting -- among others -- CL Jonathan Papelbon, 2B Dustin Pedroia and CF Jacoby Ellsbury.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Chicago Cubs, check out the Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. And to learn more about the latest MLB prospect news and ratings, drop by Minor League Ball.

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