Cubs nab variety of talent on final Draft day
Club takes college pitcher in 50th round with last pick
HOUSTON -- The Cubs took a linebacker, the son of a Major League general manager, a Chicago area pitcher, and a defensive whiz at shortstop on Thursday in the final day of the First-Year Player Draft.
Glenn Cook was selected in the 46th round on Thursday out of Miami. He played linebacker for the Hurricanes, not on the baseball team, but was a pitcher and outfielder until his junior year at Chaminade-Madonna Prep.
In the 47th round, the Cubs chose third baseman Joseph Jocketty out of Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis. He's the son of Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty.
In the 48th round, the team tabbed right-handed pitcher John Nasshan of Niles West High School in Skokie. He was the 1,460th player taken overall.
Peter Mooney, a freshman shortstop at Palm Beach Community College, was tabbed in the 37th round. He was named the Rawlings NJCAA National Gold Glove recipient for being the top defensive player of the year at his position. He followed his brother, Michael, who won the award two years ago.
Overall, the Cubs selected 23 pitchers (17 right-handers and six lefties), 15 infielders, seven outfielders and five catchers. Scouting director Tim Wilken chose 36 college players and 14 high school players in the three-day Draft.
The team's No. 1 pick was outfielder Brett Jackson, who starred at California-Berkeley.
Here are Thursday's selections:
Round 31, Andrew Clark, 1B, University of Louisville: Clark batted .350 in 64 games for the Cardinals, hitting nine homers and 21 doubles while driving in 55. In 2008, the left-handed hitter from New Palestine, Ind., was named second team All-Big East after batting .323 with 13 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 44 RBIs.
Round 32, Kenneth McNutt, RHP, Shelton State Community College, Ala.: Named to the All-Region 22 first team in a vote by the Alabama Community College Conference baseball coaches. Helped Shelton State reach the JUCO World Series. At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, he just finished his freshman season. Shelton State coach Bobby Sprowl expected the youngster to be picked because McNutt's fastball has been clocked at 95 mph.
Round 33, John Lambert, LHP, North Carolina State: Lambert was 1-5 with a 7.04 ERA in 20 games, including eight starts. He struck out 52 and walked 36 over 47 1/3 innings.
Round 34, Joseph Varner, RHP, Texas Arlington: Varner was 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 games, including 10 starts. He struck out 44 and walked 24 over 57 innings.
Round 35, Kevin David, C, Oklahoma State: In his sophomore season, the Baton Rouge, La., native batted .311 with 23 doubles, six homers and 47 RBIs in 53 games. He had a .990 fielding percentage. He was redshirted in 2008 because of an arm injury. He started 10 of 12 games his freshman year.
Round 36, Brandon May, 2B, University of Alabama Tuscaloosa: May batted .347 in 56 games, with 18 doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 69 RBIs his junior season. He had a .608 slugging percentage. A native of Marietta, Ga., he was a preseason All-America and All-SEC candidate. He worked at all four infield positions and both corner outfield spots in the fall. In 2008, he hit .365 with nine homers and 50 RBIs.
Round 37, Peter Mooney, SS, Palm Beach Community College: The freshman shortstop was named the Rawlings NJCAA National Gold Glove recipient for being the top defensive player of the year at his position. Mooney also was named Florida Community College JUCO Player of the Week April 6-13 after hitting .556 with one home run, nine runs scored and eight RBIs in four games.
Round 38, Robert Wagner, 3B, Panola Junior College: Wagner, named to the All-Conference team, batted .313 in 55 games with 12 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 52 RBIs. He had a .615 slugging percentage.
Round 39, Nicholas Struck, RHP, Mt. Hood Community College: Struck went 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 32 games, striking out 56 and walking 11 over 54 innings.
Round 40, Eric Whaley, RHP, Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.) High School: The junior is 6-foot 3-inches and 180 pounds, and according to scouting reports, his size and strong mechanics put him on scouts' radars. Throws fastball, changeup and slurve.
Round 41, Jacob Schmidt, RHP, Concordia University: Schmidt batted .365 in 47 games with 10 doubles, 10 homers and 37 RBIs, and was 7-2 with a 3.78 ERA in 13 games, including 11 starts. Schmidt struck out 103 and walked 26 over 69 innings.
Round 42, Trey Ford, SS, Chaparral (Ariz.) High School: In 29 games, Ford batted .494 with 10 doubles, four triples and six home runs.
Round 43, Colin Kaepernick, RHP, Nevada Reno: Also played quarterback for the school football team.
Round 44, Frank DeJiulio, RHP, Daytona Beach Community College: A 6-foot-3 pitcher, he had a tough time his first year at Daytona Beach, battling an illness but still managed to go 6-4 with a 5.27 ERA. He's been contacted by some elite Division I college programs such as Florida and Mississippi State. His father is a former pro player, Frank DeJiulio Sr.
Round 45, Addison Dunn, RHP, Warren Area (Pa.) High School: He has committed to Kent State to play Division I baseball. His fastball has been clocked in the low 90s and as high as 93 mph at showcases for college coaches and scouts. He led Warren in batting last year, hitting .547.
Round 46, Glenn Cook, CF, Miami: Cook was a linebacker for the Hurricanes. He did play pitcher and outfield until his junior year at Chaminade-Madonna.
Round 47, Joseph Jocketty, 3B, Ladue Horton Watkins High School: Son of St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty.
Round 48, Josh Nasshan, RHP, Niles West High School: He bats left, throws right.
Round 49, Christian Segar, CF, McQuaid Jesuit High School, N.J.: He bats and throws right.
Round 50, Zachary Cleveland, RHP, Central Arizona College: Went 3-2 with a 0.52 ERA in 18 games, all in relief. He struck out 31 and walked 15 in 34 2/3 innings. Of the seven runs he gave up in '09, only two were earned.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.