CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs took their second catcher of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft when they selected Mark Zagunis from Virginia Tech in the third round Friday afternoon. They followed that with a fourth-round selection of left-handed pitcher Carson Sands from North Florida Christian High School.
According to MLB.com, Zagunis was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech and is athletic enough to move positions if need be, but the Cubs are short on catchers in their organization. Catcher Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs' first-round pick on Thursday, is likely to move positions which means Zagunis might stay behind the plate.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Zagunis is not projected as a huge power hitter but had a career on-base percentage of .430 in college while hitting .338. His strikeout to walk ratio improved each year as well.
Sands is a highly regarded high school player who has committed to Florida State, but the Cubs might be able to lure him to pro ball with money saved on earlier picks. According to mlb.com, his rise in prep rankings is associated with the jump in velocity on his fastball. He throws in the mid 90's now.
He was 11-1 this season to go along with a 0.58 ERA for North Florida Christian.