Third baseman Rustin Sveum, son of Cubs skipper Dale Sveum, was selected in the 39th round. Photo courtesy perfectgame.org
The Chicago Cubs followed a very similar trend as our first four teams in this presentation—a healthy mix of pitching and position players.
The Cubs chose 11 right-handed pitchers, two southpaws, three catchers, two middle infielders, four corner infielders and four outfielders. Nine of their selections were high school picks.
With their 39th round pick, the Cubs paid homage to their skipper Dale Sveum by selecting his son Rustin, a third baseman from Desert Mountain High School in Arizona. The six-foot, 175 pound senior switch hitter is largely expected to start his college career this fall at Dixie State University in St George, Utah.
The Cubs' 19th round pick, Damek Tomscha, has now been drafted three times, previously by the Phillies in the 50th round of the 2010 draft and by the Marlins in the 36th round of the 2011 draft. At Iowa Western Community College this spring, Tomscha hit .438 with a .522 OBP to go with 64 RBI, 72 runs and 23 doubles in 61 games.
Catcher Blake Hickman, the Cubs' 20th round pick, was solid as well. At 6'5" and 215 pounds, he's built a bit like A.J. Pierzynski and can hit a bit as well. Hickman has been praised for his leadership and character, which has become a priority for Theo Epstein and the Cubs' management team.