Cubs sign 15 picks, not Almora yet

CHICAGO –The Cubs put out the official word Saturday that 15 of their 42 draft picks have now signed.

The highest picked of those signed players is compensation-round selection Paul Blackburn out of Heritage High School in California. Blackburn was the Cubs’ third overall selection and the 56th player taken in the June 4 draft.

Also signed is fourth-round pick Josh Conway, a right-hander out of South Carolina, seventh-round pick Stephen Bruno, an infielder from Virginia, eighth-round pick Michael Heesch a left-hander who also hails from South Carolina, and another Northern California product in ninth-rounder Chad Krist, a catcher.

First-round pick Albert Almora, an outfielder out of Mater Academy Charter School in Florida remains unsigned. The Cubs have until July 13 to work out a deal, with all indications suggesting that he will end up with the club.

Another compensation-round pick, right-hander Pierce Johnson (43rd overall) has announced via Twitter that he has signed, but that won’t be official until the results from his physical are complete.