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Cubs' draft is all in the family06/07/2004 8:57 PM ET
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs are becoming a big part of the Patterson family.
Corey is the starting center fielder on the Major League team, and on Monday, his younger brother Eric was taken by the Cubs in the eighth round of the First-Year Player Draft.
Eric Patterson, who plays shortstop at Georgia Tech, was recently named MVP of the NCAA Atlantic Regional, and went 7-for-13 (.538) with a home run and four RBIs. He also stole two bases, and is one of Georgia Tech's most prolific base stealers.
This is his third season as a starter for the Yellowjackets, and he is the third player in school history to steal at least 40 bases in one season. Cubs scouting director John Stockstill said Eric Patterson is a solid second base prospect and a contact hitter like his older brother.
The Reed brothers suddenly find themselves in the middle of a crosstown rivalry.
But the Cubs and White Sox don't like each other. It'll be interesting.
"He catches now but we think he can catch, play third, play first," Stockstill said. "We're happy he got to us. I think he can catch in the big leagues but he has five positions that he has a chance at."
Mark Reed has committed to Long Beach State, and the Cubs will have to wait and see if they can sign him. His brother Jeremy received a $650,000 bonus from the White Sox to play.
In the fourth round, the Cubs chose 6-foot-7 left-handed pitcher Christopher Shaver of William and Mary. He was 4-4 with a 5.40 ERA in 23 games (10 starts), striking out 75 in 76 2/3 innings.
In the fifth round, the Cubs tabbed outfielder Adrian Ortiz of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School. A left-handed hitter, he has a compact stroke. The private academy is relatively new, and organized by former Texas Rangers pitcher Edwin Correa.
"He's got great speed and we're happy to have him," Stockstill said.
In the sixth round, the Cubs picked Timothy Layden of Duke, a 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher who also can handle the bat. Layden batted .307 (61-for-199) in 56 games for the Blue Devils with six homers and 13 doubles. He was 6-5 with a 6.27 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) on the mound, striking out 83 in 74 2/3 innings.
Stockstill said they see Layden as a pitcher, and his makeup may help him convert to a late-inning reliever.
The Cubs tabbed 6-foot-3, 215-pound high school pitcher Mitchell Atkins of Northeast Guilford High School in the seventh round; first baseman Walter Norwood of East Carolina University in the ninth; outfielder Samuel Fuld of Stanford in the 10th; right-handed pitcher Jonathan Hunton of Lamar in the 11th; right-handed pitcher Sean Gallagher of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) High School in the 12th; and right-handed pitcher Ryan Moorer of Peabody, Mass., in the 13th.
In the 14th round, the Cubs selected Eli Iorg, an outfielder at Tennessee who is the son of former big leaguer Garth Iorg. Garth played nine seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Cubs, who did not have a first-round pick, selected right-handed pitcher Grant Johnson of the University of Notre Dame in the second round.
Since the draft was instituted in 1965, 145 draftees have signed and gone on to play with the Cubs including Michael Wuertz and Jason Dubois this year. Jon Leicester, called up Sunday to replace injured Joe Borowski on the roster, would be No. 146 when he makes his debut.
Over the last 20 years, seven second-round picks have signed and played for the Cubs including Bobby Hill (2000), David Kelton (1998), Brian McNichol (1995), Gary Scott (1989), Jerome Walton (1986), Greg Smith (1985) and Greg Maddux (1984). Lee Smith was the Cubs' No. 2 pick in 1975.
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