Cubs Sign 22 Draft Picks

After a week of negotiations, 22 members from the Cubs' 2007 draft class have signed professional contracts with more to follow.

Of the 22 players signed in all, the breakdown includes 20 college players, one JUCO player (RHP and 23rd-round selection Stephen Vento), and one Cuban-born player (catcher and 39th-round selection Roberto Sabates).

Among the list of notable top-round signees are: LHP Casey Lambert, the Cubs' sixth-round pick from the University of Virginia; OF Ty Wright (seventh-round, Oklahoma State); INF Marquez Smith (eighth-round, Clemson); OF Leon Johnson (10th-round, BYU); LHP Chris Siegfried (11th-round, Portland); and OF Jonathan Wyatt (13th-round, Georgia).

Many of these and other players will report to Class Low-A Boise later this week for the start of short-season play in the Northwest League.

Meanwhile, several high-round picks such as first-round and third-overall selection Josh Vitters, first-round supplemental pick Josh Donaldson, and 12th-round pick Ryan Acosta are still in negotiations with the club.

Additionally, due to some drafted players' presence in the College World Series, such as fourth-round pick Darwin Barney of Oregon State, contract talks have been relatively slow-going with several of those players so far.

The Cubs also intend to follow many other drafted players' progress in various summer leagues with hopes of signing those players at a later date.

Several of those players include: LHP James Russell, a 14th-round draft pick from the University of Texas, his Longhorns teammate and catcher Preston Clark (33rd round), and INF Victor Sanchez (25th round).

Moreover, the Cubs have signed four non-drafted free agents. Three such players are Wichita State INF Derek Schermerhorn, University of Bradley pitcher Michael Christl, and Virginia Wesleyan College catcher Matt Hudgins.

The complete list of drafted players signed as of Friday is as follows.

Round Name Position College/High School
6Casey LambertLHPVirginia
7Ty WrightOFOklahoma State
8Marquez Smith3BClemson
10Leon JohnsonOFBYU
11Chris SiegfriedLHPUniversity of Portland
13Jonathan WyattOFGeorgia
15Marc SawyerINFYale
16Zach AshwoodLHPKansas
20Jose MadeINFDominican College
21Dustin SasserLHPEast Carolina
22Craig MuschkoRHPLa Salle
23Stephen VentoRHPPalm Beach (Fla.) CC
24Scott MeyerRHPLamar
26Michael BuntonLHPCollege of Charleston
28Bill MossINFMemphis
30Luke SommerOFUniversity of San Francisco
31Brian LeclercOFFlorida
32Luis BatistaCFlorida International
36Billy MottranINFDowling College
38Yuri HigginsRHPSouth Florida
39Roberto SabatesCCuba
40Corey BachmanRHPVMI

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