For the second time in a week the Cubs released a former number one draft pick. According to a report on Cubs.com, the Cubs cut ties with left-handed pitcher Mark Pawelek, the organization’s number one pick in 2005 (20th overall) out of Springville High School in Utah.
Pawelek never made it past High A ball in four seasons and posted a career record of 6-12 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 54 games, 29 starts.
Pawelek spent a majority of the last three seasons in extended spring training. He has reportedly dealt with maturity issues in the past and at one point was “sent home for a violation of team rules” according to a report from Scout.com. The report indicated Pawelek “angered Cubs officials for failing to obtain a passport necessary to accompany his team to Vancouver for a series.”
Mark Pawelek broke his arm in June of 2007 when he tripped over his PlayStation going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.