The Kansas City Royals hold down the year's top draft spot after finishing last season with a 56-106 record. The Cubs were 79-83 and hoist their highest spot on the draft chart since 2003, when the team selected OF Ryan Harvey from Dunedin High School in Dunedin, Fla.
As has been the case each year since 1998, the draft will consist of 50 rounds. Prior to '98, the draft ended only when all major league clubs had agreed to pass on further selections. Teams are still allowed to pass on draft selections prior to the conclusion of all 50 rounds.
Each club holds exclusive negotiating rights to any player they draft until 15 days prior to the following year's draft. However, if a player drafted out of high school opts for college (such as Michael Brenly, the Cubs' 43rd round selection last year), or was drafted out of a four-year college and chooses to return for another season with the university, the club immediately forfeits those rights. Players who do not sign may re-enter the draft.
Since 1965, the year of the first amateur draft, a total of 51,387 players have been drafted. Not surprisingly, the state with the most players drafted is California with 13,174. Second and third, respectively, are Florida (5,662) and Texas (3,996). Illinois has produced 1,884 players, which ranks fourth.
The Cubs have held down the top overall spot in the draft only once. They selected Shawon Dunston from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1982. Rick James, a high school pitcher from Florence, Ala., is on record as the first amateur player ever drafted by the Cubs.
As with last year, Inside The Ivy will have up-to-date coverage of the Cubs' draft with interviews, bio's, and Q&A's with several of the organization's top picks and their respective coaches.
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(Information from the Cubs' Media Relations Office was used in this report.)