Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 7/13/12

The Chicago Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Duane Underwood, their second round selection (67th pick overall) in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.  Underwood, from Pope High School in Georgia, will report to Mesa.

Overall in 2012, the Cubs signed each of their first 20 picks and 29 players overall selected in the draft.

Underwood, who turns 18 a week from today, was 6-1 with a 2.36 ERA , striking out 75 and walking 34 in 50.1 innings pitched this past season for Pope. At the plate, Underwood batted .337 (35-for-104) with seven doubles, two triples, six home runs and 19 RBI.

Here is the final list of Chicago’s selections in the draft with the players highlighted in bold having signed with the Cubs.

Rd. (pick No.)      Player                                Pos.            School                                                        Birthday            B     T      Ht.       Wt.

1 (6)                   Albert Almora                  OF               Mater Acad. Charter School (Fla.)      4/16/1994        R     R     6-2      180

1A (43)              Pierce Johnson                RHP            Missouri State University                     5/10/1991        R     R     6-3      180

1A (56)              Paul Blackburn                RHP            Heritage High School (Calif.)                12/4/1993        R     R     6-2      185

2 (67)                 Duane Underwood         RHP            Pope High School (Ga.)                          7/20/1994        R     R     6-2      205

3 (101)              Ryan McNeil                     RHP            Nipomo High School (Calif.)                 2/1/1994          R     R     6-3      210

4 (134)              Josh Conway                    RHP            Coastal Carolina University (S.C.)       4/12/1991        R     R     6-1      175

5 (164)              Anthony Prieto                LHP             Americas High School (Texas)            11/16/1993     L      L      5-11   170 

6 (194)              Trey Lang                          RHP            Gateway CC (Ariz.)                                 5/18/1992        R     R     6-3      225

7 (224)              Stephen Bruno                INF             University of Virginia                              11/17/1990     R     R     5-9      175

8 (254)              Michael Heesch               LHP             Univ. of South Carolina Beaufort        5/15/1990        R     L      6-5      260

9 (284)              Chadd Krist                      C                  University of California, Berkeley       1/28/1990        R     R     5-11   190

10 (314)            Chad Martin                     RHP            Indiana University                                  5/17/1990        R     R     6-7      230

11 (344)            Rashard Crawford          OF               Mundy’s Hill High School (Ga.)             10/15/1993     S      R     6-3      185

12 (374)            Justin Amlung                 RHP            University of Louisville (Ky.)                 5/21/1990        R     R     6-1      180

13 (404)            Bijan Rademacher         OF               Orange Coast College (Calif.)              6/15/1991        L      L      6-0      200

14 (434)            Corbin Hoffner                 RHP            St. Petersburg College (Fla.)                7/30/1993        R     R     6-5      235

15 (464)            Carlos Escobar                C                  University of Nevada                             12/31/1990     R     R     6-2      185

16 (494)            Michael Hamann             RHP            University of Toledo (Ohio)                  1/1/1991          R     R     6-3      170

17 (524)            Nathan Dorris                  LHP             Southern Illinois University                  12/9/1990        L      L      6-3      185

18 (554)            David Bote                        INF             Neosho County CC (Kan.)                     4/7/1993          R     R     5-11   170

19 (584)              Damek Tomscha                INF              Iowa Western CC                                       8/27/1991           R      R      6-2       200

20 (614)              Blake Hickman                   C                  Simeon Career Academy (Ill.)                   10/29/1993         R      R      6-4       190

21 (644)            Stephen Perakslis          RHP            University of Maine – Orono                1/15/1991        R     R     6-0      185

22 (674)            Eduardo Orozco              RHP            University of California Riverside        4/11/1989        R     R     6-4     

23 (704)              Jake Drossner                    LHP             Council Rock North High School (Pa.)      5/16/1994           R      L      6-1       189

24 (734)              Jameson Fisher                  C                  Zachary High School (La.)                         12/18/93             L      R      6-2       175

25 (764)              Rhett Wiseman                   OF               Buckingham, Browne & Nichols (Mass.)  6/22/1994           L      R      5-11     187

26 (794)            Jasvir Rakkar                  RHP            SUNY Stony Brook (N.Y.)                      4/27/1991        R     R     6-2      200

27 (824)            Tyler Bremer                   RHP            Baylor University (Texas)                     12/7/1989        R     R     6-2      225

28 (854)            Lance Rymel                    C                  Rogers State University (Okla.)          5/2/1990          R     R     6-0      195

29 (884)              Austin Pentecost                RHP             Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho)           5/27/1990           R      R      6-2       195

30 (914)            Izaac Garsez                    OF               College of Idaho                                      1/24/1990        L      L      6-1      210

31 (944)              Bryan Bonnell                     RHP             Centennial High School (Nev.)                  9/28/1993           L      R      6-5       190

32 (974)            Timothy Saunders          INF             Marietta College (Ohio)                        5/17/1990        R     R     6-0      180

33 (1004)            Thomas Pannone               OF               Bishop Hendricken School (R.I.)              4/28/1994           L      L      6-0       180

34 (1034)            Christian Botnick               RHP             Notre Dame Catholic SS (Ontario)            10/5/1994           R      R      6-3       195

35 (1064)          Ben Carhart                     INF             Stetson University (Fla.)                       1/21/1990        R     R     5-8      185

36 (1094)            Sly Edwards                       OF               St. Brendan High School (Fla.)                  9/22/1993           R      R      5-11     168

37 (1124)            Clayton Crum                     RHP             Howard College (Texas)                           1/16/1992           R      R      6-1       195

38 (1154)            Hassan Evans                    OF               Herkimer County CC (N.Y.)                        12/15/1991         R      R      6-3       200

39 (1184)            Rustin Sveum                     INF              Desert Mountain High School (Ariz.)        3/1/1994             S      R      6-0       175

40 (1214)          Jacob Rogers                   INF             Mt. Olive College (N.C.)                         8/23/1989        L      R     6-4      215


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