First Draft under new regime a success

First Draft under new regime a success

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' first Draft under the new regime of president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod was a success, with Chicago signing its first 20 picks and 29 selections overall.

But, Hoyer said, it's only the beginning of what the Cubs hope will be a run of solid Draft classes.

"It's not about one Draft," Hoyer said. "It's about having a lot of really good Drafts -- and deep Drafts. But, it's nice to have the first one and get a lot signed."

Hoyer, who spoke to the media prior to Saturday's game against the D-backs, said most of the contracts were signed last week, well ahead of Friday's deadline. Of the 29 signees, 17 were pitchers, some of whom Hoyer said wouldn't debut until next year because of their workloads at their previous level.

This year also marked the first Draft with the slot system implemented under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Hoyer admitted going through the new system for the first time was a learning experience, but was also enjoyable.

"Anytime you do something new and have to think about the strategy involved, it's always an intellectual challenge and probably something we all enjoyed," Hoyer said. "But it was certainly a learning process, and I think we'll take what we learned this year and go forward for next year."