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Cubs sign fourth-round pick RHP Tyler Skulina


CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today signed their fourth-round selection from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, right-handed pitcher Tyler Skulina from Kent State University in Ohio. The Cubs have signed 18 players from this year's draft, including four top-five picks, eight top-10 selections and 15 top-20 picks.

Skulina, 21, went 6-4 with a 3.36 ERA (35 ER/93.2 IP) in 15 games for the Golden Flashes this season, walking 34 and striking out 102, good for an average of 9.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched. A Second Team All-Mac selection for the second-straight year, he recorded 10 or more strikeouts three times and held the opposition to a .209 batting average (74-for-354) while surrendering just five home runs in 93.2 innings.

The 6-foot, 5-inch, 235-pound Skulina was named a 2013 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season Second Team All-American after going 11-3 with a 3.77 ERA in 18 starts in 2012. The righthander sat out the 2011 campaign after transferring to Kent State from the University of Virginia. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 46th round of the 2010 draft, but did not sign.

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