Cubs sign DII catcher

The Cubs agreed to terms with the first catcher they drafted in ’15, signing Marcus Mastrobuoni out of Cal-State Stanislaus.

Name: Marcus Mastrobuoni, C
Drafted: 25th Round, 743 overall
Age: 21
DOB: DOB 11/28/1993
College: Cal-State Stanislaus, Sr.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 205

The Cubs waited until the 25th round to take a catcher and then selected a Division II backstop that shined in the Cape Cod League playoffs.

Mastrobuoni started his college career at San Joaquin Delta Junior College, playing 30 games behind the plate and hitting .243/.301/.282 as a sophomore. He then attended Cal-State Stanislaus for his final two years and excelled, earning all-region honors both seasons. This past season for the Warriors, Mastrobuoni hit .357/.425/.522 with 3 HR, 30 RBI, 17 BB, 20 K, and 15 doubles in 43 games.

As a junior, the California native won the conference batting title and hit .373/404/.453/ with 30 RBI in 45 games. He followed that up with a Pointstreak MVP performer of the 2014 Cape Cod Baseball League postseason, hitting .444 with a homer and five RBI for Yarmount-Dennis, the ’14 champs. He shared the honor with teammate Walker Buehler of Vanderbilt.

Playing in the Cape due to injuries on the Y-D squad, he hit .313 in five game before the playoffs and then excelled in the finals, driving in five runs in the championship series, including a 3-for-4 performance in Game 1.

The 21-year-old will likely spend his summer in Mesa and share catching duties in the Arizona Rookie League as he gets accustomed to life in pro baseball. Cubs have acquired good minor league catching depth the past two years so Mastrobuoni will have his work cut out for him as he advances through the ranks.

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