With the 224th pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs selected Virginia Cavaliers third baseman Stephen Bruno. Bruno is is 5-9, 165 lbs. and hails from Audubon, New Jersey.
The selection breaks a streak of seven consecutive pitchers drafted by the Cubs. New brain trust Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein said they wanted to replenish the farm system with power arms, and it looks like they've been able to do just that. Bruno is the first hitter drafted by the North Siders since the team picked outfielder Albert Almaro with the No. 6 overall selection.
- OF Albert Almaro (No. 6 overall)
- RHP Pierce Johnson (No. 43)
- RHP Paul Blackburn (No. 56)
- RHP Duane Underwood (No. 67)
- RHP Ryan McNeil (No. 101)
- RHP Josh Conway (No. 134)
- LHP Anthony Prieto (No. 164)
- RHP Trey Lang (No. 194)
- 3B Stephen Bruno (No. 224)
If you want to follow along, check it out live on MLB.com.
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.