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Cubs sign catcher Mark Zagunis, third-round selection from 2014 Draft

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CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs have signed third-round selection Mark Zagunis, a catcher out of Virginia Tech University. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Cubs have now signed 21 of their first 22 picks as well as 25 selections overall from the 2014 Draft.

Zagunis, 21, batted .330 (69-for-209) with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 39 RBI in 53 games for Virginia Tech this season, his junior year. He walked 32 times (compared to 20 strikeouts), which contributed to a .426 on-base percentage, and stole 16 bases. He was named All-ACC Second Team for the second time in his career and was a 2014 Johnny Bench Award semifinalist.

Zagunis posted a .338 (213-for-630) batting average in three seasons at Virginia Tech, recording a .430 on-base percentage thanks in part to 85 walks and only 74 strikeouts. He recorded a .979 fielding percentage (17 E/797 TC) primarily at catcher, but has also seen time in the outfield. With 52 career stolen bases, he is just the second Hokie to record at least 50 stolen bases since the school joined the ACC.

Here is a look at Chicago's selections from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, with the players currently having signed in bold. Those in bold italics represent new signings:

Rd. (pick No.) Player Pos. School Birthday B T Ht. Wt.
1 (4) Kyle Schwarber C Indiana University 3/5/93 L R 6-0 235
2 (45) Jake Stinnett RHP University of Maryland 4/25/92 R R 6-4 205
3 (78) Mark Zagunis C Virginia Tech 2/5/93 R R 6-0 205
4 (109) Carson Sands LHP North Florida Christian H.S. 3/28/95 L L 6-3 205
5 (139) Justin Steele LHP George County H.S. (Miss.) 7/11/95 L L 6-1 180
6 (169) Dylan Cease RHP Milton H.S. (Ga.) 12/28/95 R R 6-1 175
7 (199) James Norwood RHP St. Louis University (Mo.) 12/24/93 R R 6-2 205
8 (229) Tommy Thorpe LHP University of Oregon 9/20/92 L L 6-0 195
9 (259) James Farris RHP University of Arizona 4/4/92 R R 6-2 220
10 (289) Ryan Williams RHP East Carolina University (N.C.) 11/1/91 R R 6-4 220
11 (319) Jordan Brink RHP Fresno State (Calif.) 3/18/93 L R 6-0 200
12 (349) Tanner Griggs RHP Angelina College (Texas) 6/14/94 R R 6-2 175
13 (379) Kevonte Mitchell 3B Kennett H.S. (Mo.) 8/12/95 R R 6-4 185
14 (409) Chesny Young 2B Mercer University (Ga.) 10/6/92 R R 6-1 180
15 (439) Jeremy Null RHP Western Carolina (N.C.) 9/27/93 R R 6-7 225
16 (469) Jason Vosler SS Northeastern (Mass.) 9/6/93 L R 6-2 195
17 (499) Michael Knighton RHP Central Alabama C.C. 4/30/94 R R 6-2 190
18 (529) Austyn Willis RHP Barstow H.S. (Calif.) 6/13/96 R R 6-6 205
19 (559) Brad Markey RHP Virginia Tech 3/3/92 R R 5-10 185
20 (589) John Tomasovich SS Charleston Southern Univ. (S.C.) 11/6/91 R R 6-3 185
21 (619) Charles White OF University of Maryland 11/13/91 L L 5-9 180
22 (649) Joey Martarano 3B Boise State (Idaho) 7/28/94 R R 6-4 235
23 (679) Isiah Gilliam OF Parkview H.S. (Ga.) 7/23/96 S R 6-2 215
24 (709) Daniel Spingola CF Georgia Tech 5/5/93 L L 6-1 180
25 (739) Tyler Pearson C Texas State University 4/15/92 R R 6-0 200
26 (769) Zach Hedges RHP Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) 10/21/92 R R 6-4 195
27 (799) Calvin Graves CF Franklin Pierce University (N.H.) 3/18/91 R R 5-9 170
28 (829) Jacob Niggemeyer RHP Olentangy Liberty H.S. (Ohio) 11/30/95 R R 6-5 205
29 (859) Gianni Zayas RHP Seminole State College (Fla.) 4/18/94 R R 6-2 200
30 (889) Michael Cantu C Foy H. Moody H.S. (Texas) 8/28/95 R R 6-3 225
31 (919) Brad Deppermann RHP East Lake H.S. (Fla.) 6/15/96 R R 6-0 175
32 (949) Andrew Ely 2B University of Washington 1/23/93 L R 5-10 180
33 (979) Brad Bass RHP Lincoln-Way Central H.S. (Ill.) 2/15/96 R R 6-6 215
34 (1,009) Steven Kane RHP Cypress College (Calif.) 5/28/93 R R 6-4 205
35 (1,039) Jordan Minch LHP Purdue University (Ind.) 7/16/93 L L 6-3 190
36 (1,069) DJ Peters OF Glendora H.S. (Calif.) 12/12/95 R R 6-5 210
37 (1,099) Riley Adams C Canyon Crest Academy (Calif.) 6/26/96 R R 6-5 190
38 (1,129) Daniel Wasinger C Eastlake H.S. (Texas) 11/14/95 R R 5-11 170
39 (1,159) David Petrino C Central Arizona College 1/14/94 R R 5-11 200
40 (1,189) Diamond Johnson CF Hillsborough H.S. (Fla.) 3/17/96 R R 5-11 165
 
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