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CUBS SIGN CATCHER MARK ZAGUNIS, THIRD-ROUND SELECTION FROM 2014 DRAFT

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have signed third-round selection Mark Zagunis, a catcher out of Virginia Tech University.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Cubs have now signed 21 of their first 22 picks as well as 25 selections overall from the 2014 Draft.

Zagunis, 21, batted .330 (69-for-209) with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 39 RBI in 53 games for Virginia Tech this season, his junior year. He walked 32 times (compared to 20 strikeouts), which contributed to a .426 on-base percentage, and stole 16 bases. He was named All-ACC Second Team for the second time in his career and was a 2014 Johnny Bench Award semifinalist.

Zagunis posted a .338 (213-for-630) batting average in three seasons at Virginia Tech, recording a .430 on-base percentage thanks in part to 85 walks and only 74 strikeouts. He recorded a .979 fielding percentage (17 E/797 TC) primarily at catcher, but has also seen time in the outfield. With 52 career stolen bases, he is just the second Hokie to record at least 50 stolen bases since the school joined the ACC.

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CUBS SIGN RHP JAKE STINNETT, LHP CARSON SANDS, LHP JUSTIN STEELE AND RHP JAMES NORWOOD FROM 2014 DRAFT

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have signed second-round selection Jake Stinnett, fourth-round selection Carson Sands, fifth-round selection Justin Steele and seventh-round selection James Norwood from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.  Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Stinnett, 22, posted a 2.67 ERA (35 ER/118.0 IP) and an 8-6 record in 17 games, all but one in a starting role, for Maryland this season in his senior year. He struck out a school single-season record and Atlantic Coast Conference-high 132 batters and walked just 30. Stinnett also led the ACC in complete games (four) and innings pitched, and became the seventh pitcher in program history to throw a no-hitter when he turned the trick in game one of a March 1 doubleheader against Massachusetts.

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Trading Samardzija and/or Hammel, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2, I looked a the deadline trade deals over the past two years of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.  In this article, let's rank those trades and one winter deal by applicability to each of Samardizja and Hammel's situation to see what the past tells us to expect.

First, Shark:

Samardzija has ace stuff and ace results this year, but a mixed bag of results throughout his career.  He's a bit old for being in this position at 29.5 years old by the time the deadline comes around.  Critically in the Cubs favor is that he still has another year of control remaining.  In other words, the Cubs don't have to trade him at this point.

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Trading Samardzija and/or Hammel, Part 2

Continuing on from the previous article, this one will look at the deadline deals for starting pitching in 2012.

2012 Trade Deadline Deals

Trade 1 (July 31)

  • Cubs send:
    • Ryan Dempster
  • Rangers send:
    • Christian Villanueva
    • Kyle Hendricks
  • At the time, this deal seemed a bit underwhelming.  Villlanueva was on the fringe of being a top 100 guy and Hendricks was a soft tossing pitcher down in A+ ball with good results.  However, Hendricks has shown the potential to be a good back of the rotation pitcher and Villanueva has a good chance of contributing in at least a backup role in the majors.  Not a great return, but not a bad one in the end.  It was a decent deal given the special considerations of the position in which Dempster put the Cubs. Add a comment

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