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Cubs select 40 players in 2019 MLB Draft


by - Senior Editor -

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today completed the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The club made 40 selections during the three-day event.

The Cubs selected a pair of players with big league pedigree on day three. In the 14th round, the Cubs selected University of Texas third baseman Ryan Reynolds, who hit .272 with 32 RBI in 54 games this season, and is the son of former major league pitcher Shane Reynolds. Reynolds played 13 major league seasons with Houston (1992-2002), Atlanta (2003) and Arizona (2004) and was Houston’s starting pitcher in Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game, May 6, 1998 at Wrigley Field. In the 24th round, the Cubs selected Clemson University infielder Grayson Byrd, who led the team with a .316 average and 16 homers this season, and is the son of former big league pitcher Paul Byrd, who played 14 seasons with seven major league teams from 1995-2009.

In the 15th round, the Cubs selected Jacksonville University’s Zach Bryant, who today is celebrating his 21st birthday. Bryant was named to the All-Atlantic Sun second team this season after recording a team-high 12 saves in 28 outings.

In the 25th round, the Cubs selected outfielder Zac Taylor out of the University of Illinois. Selected to the All-Big Ten first team, Taylor is a native of nearby Downers Grove, Illinois and attended Downers Grove High School. The Cubs grabbed another Illinois product in the 33rd round, selecting shortstop Ryan Ritter out of Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, Illinois.

Four of the Cubs’ college draft picks will be taking part in NCAA Super Regionals beginning this weekend: second-round pick Chase Strumpf (UCLA), third-round pick Michael McAvene (Louisville), 19th-round pick Adam Laskey (Duke) and 29th-round pick Jake Washer (East Carolina).

Overall, the Cubs selected 22 pitchers (18 right-handed and four left-handed), three catchers, seven outfielders and eight infielders. Additionally, the Cubs selected 28 college players and 12 high school players.

Here is a look at Chicago’s 40 selections from the 2019 First-Year Player Draft:

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