Name: Angelo Amendolare, 2B
Drafted: 27th Round, 803 overall
College: Jacksonville University, Sr.
Amedonlare wasn’t the best hitter in the Atlantic Sun Conference this year, the Cubs drafted that player in the second round—Donnie Dewees—but he may have been second best.
The New Smyrna Beach High School product was a first-team all-conference second baseman and was second in the league in hits (83) and batting average to Dewees.
Amendolare hit .366/.441/.480 in 56 games and was 20-for-20 in stolen bases with 27 BB and 28 K. His senior year included a 22-game hitting streak and a team-high 27 multi-hit games. He ended his college career at Jacksonville with more walks (47) than strikeouts (46).
"It was an unreal feeling," said Amendolare of his initial reaction to getting the call. "I'm ready to do whatever I can to help the Cubs win ball games."
“I love that kid, that’s a hell of a pick,” said Smoke Laval, the head coach at Florida Atlantic and of Cubs second-round pick Dewees. “I wish we had him at our place. He’s a plus hitter, can play short and plays with a lot of energy. He’s somebody you can fit into a system, I thought he should have gone a lot earlier, Cubs got themselves a good one.”
Like many of the Cubs college picks this year, Amendolare honed his skills over the summer in the Cape Cod League. In 35 games for Harwich, he batted .278 and swiped 15 bases.
Amendolare’s ability to play multiple positions and his plus hit tool give him the opportunity to move up the Cubs minor league system.