Cubs sign UCLA reliever

Sixth-round pick David Berg, the NCAA career record holder with 175 career pitching appearances, has agreed to a pro contract with the Cubs.

Name: David Berg, RHP
Drafted: Round 6, pick 173
Age: 22
DOB: 3/28/1993
School: University of California at Los Angeles, (Sr.)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 190
Slot Limit: $281,900

The most decorated college baseball reliever in NCAA history has signed with the Cubs.

UCLA’s David Berg, the side-winding right-hander, and the Cubs have agreed to terms after Chicago selected the 22-year-old in the sixth round. Terms of the deal have yet to be released and the slot limit for the pick is $281,900.

Berg’s resume with the Bruins was impressive. He holds the NCAA record with 175 appearances, is tied for the career lead in the PAC-12 with 49 saves, and owns the NCAA single-season save record with 24. A two-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Berg went 7-1 as a senior with a 0.68 ERA, allowing 49 hits and eight walks in 66.2 innings while striking out 65. Opposing hitters had two extra bases hits off the right-hander this season. He spent two summers with the USA National Collegiate team and was drafted in the 17th round by the Rangers last year but went back to UCLA for his senior season

Considered a sidearmer, he throws a fastball in the mid-80s but gets great downward sinking movement and has hitters beating the ball into the ground. He also throws a slider and posses great command despite the unconventional delivery.

A possible candidate to shoot through the minors this summer, look for Berg to join one of the full-season teams after he gets his feet wet in pro ball. The bullpens in A ball are in need of help and the Cubs are anxious to see how his stuff works at the next level.


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