5/26 Draft picks

With the First-Year Player Draft coming up June 4, here’s a look at recent Cubs picks:

2007: 3B Josh Vitters

Vitters was batting .263 in 44 games with Triple-A Iowa. He has 11 doubles, four homers, 21 RBIs and one stolen base.

2008: RHP Andrew Cashner

Traded to the Padres in January for first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

2009: OF Brett Jackson

Jackson was batting .232 in 43 games at Triple-A Iowa with four homers, 10 doubles, five triples, 15 RBIs and seven stolen bases. He has a .325 on-base percentage, and has struck out 61 times in 168 at-bats. He has 22 walks. Jackson has played all three outfield positions, but primarily center field. He’s been hitting sixth in five games and was 6-for-18 (.333) compared to hitting .202 in the leadoff spot.

2010: RHP Hayden Simpson

The right-hander, whose career was slowed after a bout with mononucleosis, is at Class A Daytona and has been pitching in relief in the last six games after going 0-3 with a 7.94 ERA (15 earned runs in 17 innings) in his first four starts. So far, he’s given up 10 earned runs on 18 hits and 12 walks over 15 1/3 innings in six relief appearances.

2011: SS Javier Baez

Baez has been playing in Mesa at extended Spring Training with several other Draft picks from last year. He has yet to be assigned to a Minor League team.

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

Where did Barney get drafted? The only Cub player drafted since 2007 that has made the majors was traded out of our first round draft picks. This must improve if the Cubs are to ever be competitive again.

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