Cubs Sign Baez, Vogelbach, Maples … and Nine of Top Ten Draft Picks

The Chicago Cubs were extremely busy Monday leading up to the signing deadline. The Cubs inked nine of their top ten draft picks and 18 of the top 20 … and in the process they paid over slot for a majority of those picks.

The Cubs signed first round pick Javier Baez to a $2.625 million bonus. Dan Vogelbach, the left-handed slugger from Florida, signed for $1.6 million and the Cubs inked Dillon Maples, their 14th round pick to a $2.5 million bonus … the largest bonus ever handed out to a pick below the second round. Maples, a right-handed pitcher, was named the North Carolina Baseball Player of the Year

The Cubs also announced the signing of Shawon Dunston, Jr., who had committed to play ball at Vanderbilt. Dunston, Jr. received a $1.275 million bonus.

Of the top 10 picks, the only player the Cubs were not able to sign was the eighth round pick, OF Taylor Dugas.

2011 Draft Picks Signed
(note: will update as more signings in the later rounds are made official)

Rd 1 – Javier Baez – SS
Rd 2 – Dan Vogelbach – 1B
Rd 3 – Zeke DeVoss – OF
Rd 4 – Tony Zych
Rd 5 – Tayler Scott – RHP
Rd 6 – Neftali Rosario – C
Rd 7 – Trevor Gretzky – 1B
Rd 9 – Garrett Schlecht – OF
Rd 10 – Daniel Lockhart – SS
Rd 11 – Shawon Dunston, Jr – OF
Rd 13 – Darien Martin – OF
Rd 14 – Dillon Maples – RHP
Rd 15 – Justin Marra – C
Rd 16 – Rafael Lopez – C
Rd 17 – John Andreoli – OF
Rd 18 – James Pugilese – RHP
Rd 19 – Paul Hoilman – 1B
Rd 20 – Ben Klafczynski – OF
Rd 21 – Andrew McKirahan – LHP
Rd 22 – Ethan Elias – RHP
Rd 25 – Rock Shoulders – 1B
Rd 26 – Michael Jensen – RHP
Rd 27 – Taiwan Easterling – OF
Rd 30 – Arturo Maltos-Garcia – RHP
Rd 32 – Pete Levitt – RHP
Rd 33 – Sheldon McDonald – LHP
Rd 36 – Travis Garcia – 3B
Rd 38 – Casey Lucchese – RHP
Rd 40 – P.J. Francescon – RHP
Rd 41 – Austin Urban – RHP
Rd 42 – Brad Zapenas – SS
Rd 44 – Kenny Socorro – SS
Rd 46 – Scott Weismann – RHP

Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver