After taking OF/2B Ian Happ with the ninth overall pick in the first round, the Cubs selected OF Donnie Dewees from North Florida in the second round (47th overall) of the First-Year Player Draft.
Reports prior to the draft suggested the Cubs could take OF Donnie Dewees in the first round. The Cubs really like the three-sport star from Florida.
The 21-year old Dewees (Sept. 29, 1993) is 6-foot, 190 pounds and hits and bats from the left side. Dewees has a compact swing with good bat to ball skills. Dewees does not project has a power hitter but drives the ball to all fields and is a plus runner.
Donnie Dewees ended the season as the Division I leader in hits (106), runs (88), total bases (188) and slugging percentage, and he tied for third in the nation in home runs (18), one fewer than OF Andrew Benintendi.
In 60 games, Dewees batted .422/.483/.749 with 12 doubles, eight triples and 18 home runs for a 1.232 OPS. Dewees had 30 walks and 16 strikeouts in 251 at bats.
Defensively, Dewees covers ground well in the outfield but could end up in left field due to well below-average arm strength. Dewees lost a majority of his sophomore season with a broken right wrist.
• MLB Pipeline Scouting Grades – Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 60 | Arm: 40 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50
Donnie Dewees was named a semi-finalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and was named the 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year. The redshirt sophomore batted .422 (106-for-251) with 88 runs, 12 doubles, eight triples, 18 home runs and 68 RBI in 60 games for North Florida this season. Thanks to 30 walks compared to 16 strikeouts, the left-handed hitter recorded a .483 on-base percentage and a .749 slugging percentage, good for a 1.232 OPS. He led the nation in hits (106), runs, slugging percentage and total bases (188).
Earlier in 2015, Dewees held the nation’s longest hitting streak of 31 games, and he recorded two hit streaks of 16 games or more this season, helping the Ospreys to their first Atlantic Sun regular season championship.
Donnie Dewees in 2014 hit .340 (51-for-150) with 31 runs, nine doubles, one triple, three homers, 20 RBI and 20 walks for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League. In 2013 with North Florida, Dewees was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. A native of Crystal River, Fla., Dewees graduated from Crystal River High School.