College tourney to give Cubs look at potential draftees

College tourney to give Cubs look at potential draftees

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' front office will get at least one more look at three of the four players they're focusing on for the upcoming First-Year Player Draft.

Oklahoma, San Diego and North Carolina all made the field of 64 teams competing for the NCAA Division I baseball championship. The Cubs have narrowed their list to four players, including Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray, San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant and North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran. Stanford pitcher Mark Appel is still in the Cubs' final four, but the Cardinal didn't make the tournament.

The Draft will be held June 6, and the Cubs have the second pick overall.

North Carolina (52-8) is one of the top eight seeds, and will play Canisius on Friday. Oklahoma (40-19), which is a No. 2 seed, faces Coastal Carolina on Friday, and San Diego (35-23) faces Cal Poly.

Bryant, a right-handed hitter, led San Diego with a .340 batting average, 31 home runs and 62 RBIs in 58 games. In 2010, the Las Vegas native was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 18th round.

Moran started all 60 of North Carolina's games, and batted .357 with a team-high 13 home runs and 84 RBIs. A left-handed hitter, he is the second player in UNC history to draw 50 walks, score 60 runs and total 70 RBIs in a single season. A junior, Moran led the Cape Cod League with 42 RBIs in 2012. A New York native, his uncle is former big leaguer B.J. Surhoff, who also starred at North Carolina.

Gray was 9-2 with a 1.55 ERA in 15 starts, throwing two shutouts in his three complete games. He struck out 127 and walked 21 over 110 innings, holding teams to a .181 average.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.