Cubs Sign Two More Draft-and-Follow's

The Cubs have added two more names from their 2006 draft class to the list of final draft-and-follow signees.

Two recent signings are RHPs Cedric Redmond and Brett Summers.

Redmond, 19, was the Cubs' 27th-round selection from Joliet Township (Ill.) High School last year, while Summers was the 28th-round selection from South Suburban Community College in Illinois.

"Cedric Redmond is kind of a raw guy with untapped potential," said Cubs Scouting Director Tim Wilken. "He's very athletic and throws as hard as 95 (mph). His command and control need to get a little more consistent, but he has a decent curveball. We think there's good potential."

Redmond, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, pitched this spring for Oakton Community College, a Division II school in Illinois. He went 7-0 with a 4.10 ERA in 52 2/3 innings, striking out 68 and walking 33.

Summers, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, made 11 appearances for South Suburban, finishing 4-5 with a 4.43 ERA in 65 innings.

He struck out 53 and walked 36.

"We had him anywhere from 88 to 92 miles per hour," Wilken said of the 21-year-old Summers. "He's showed us two average pitches (fastball, curveball) and he just needs to get a little more accurate with his delivery."

The Cubs are still in negotiations with two other potential draft-and-follow signees: Anthony Morel and Marcus Hatley.

Morel, a shortstop from Riverside Community College in California, was a 43rd-round pick last summer. Hatley, drafted as an outfielder from Mission Hills (Calif.) High School, was a 39th-round selection. He attended Palomar Community College in California this past spring.

"It's been a fairly decent DNF season, and unfortunately our last one," said Wilken, an outspoken opponent of Major League Baseball's decision to eliminate the Draft-and-Follow process as part of its new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Additionally, the Cubs have come to terms with one college senior: RHP Michael Bartek of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.

Bartek was 2-11 with a 5.16 ERA in 17 appearances (13 starts) this season.

The 2007 Draft is scheduled to begin Thursday, June 7, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The first round of the draft will be carried live on ESPN2 that day beginning at 1 p.m. (CDT). Representing the Cubs at this year's draft will be Manager of Baseball Information Chuck Wasserstrom.


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