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Cubs ink 18 of first 20 Draft picks, 27 overall

Cubs ink 18 of first 20 Draft picks, 27 overall

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Cubs ink 18 of first 20 Draft picks, 27 overall
ATLANTA -- The Cubs have signed 18 of their first 20 picks, and 27 players overall selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, including right-handed pitcher Ryan McNeil of Nipomo (Calif.) High School, who was selected in the third round.

In addition to McNeil, the list of new Cubs signees includes right-handed pitcher Trey Lang (sixth round), right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung (12th round) and infielder David Bote (18th round).

McNeil, 18, logged a 1.10 ERA and held the opposition to a .175 batting average last season for Nipomo High School. He struck out 94 in 57 1/3 innings pitched, good for an average of 14.76 strikeouts per nine innings, while walking just 21. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound McNeil hit .392 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and 18 RBIs.

Still unsigned is outfielder Albert Almora, the Cubs' first-round selection, as well as second-round pick Duane Underwood, who threw at Wrigley Field over the weekend.

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