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Cubs ink 18 of first 20 Draft picks, 27 overall

Cubs ink 18 of first 20 Draft picks, 27 overall

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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