The Cubs can’t get enough bats, especially when they’re the best player available. In the second round with the 47th overall pick, the Cubs selected one of the top hitters in all of college baseball—North Florida’s Donnie Dewees.
Dewees, who will turn 22 in September, led the NCAA in in hits (106), runs (88), total bases (188) and slugging percentage (.749). And was second in batting average. In 60 games, the left-hander hit .422/.483/.749 with 12 doubles, 8 triples, 18 homers, 68 RBI, and 23 stolen bases. He only struckout 16 times and walked 30. Not a bad resume.
Dewees was named Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week four times and was a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award. He owned the national longest hitting streak, 31 games, and is North Florida’s all-time career leader in batting (.382), on-base (.451), slugging (.632) and triples (12). He was scouted by Tom Clark.
The native of Crystal River, Florida missed most of his sophomore season after a broken wrist but spent the summer in the Cape Cod League, hitting .340 (51-for-150) with 31 runs, nine doubles, one triple, three homers, 20 RBI and 20 walks for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.
As a freshman, he started 51 games, batting .347/.429/.535 with 5 HR, 37 RBI, and 47 runs. He earned Freshman All-American honors and had a career-high seven RBI against East Tennessee State.
Scout.com’s Jeff Ellis had the six-foot, 180-pounder ranked #24 and compared his skill set to Arkansas’s Andrew Benintendi. DeWees projects as a leadoff hitter and a solid defensive center fielder, despite a below average arm.
With the selection of Cincinnati’s Ian Happ in the first-round, the Cubs have once again tried to corner the market on college hitters. Happ’s versatility makes him an ideal pick for the Cubs and while he didn’t play in the one of the top conferences, the Cubs are convinced Dewees skill set plays at the next level. Look for both players to sign soon and possibly be wearing Eugene uniforms in the Northwest League by the end of the month with a trip to South Bend by summer’s end..