CHICAGO -- In addition to signing No. 1 pick Hayden Simpson, the Cubs announced on Saturday that they have reached agreement with 15 of their 50 selections in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, including seven of the first 14.
Simpson, 21, the 16th player taken overall, agreed to a $1.06 million deal with the Cubs, and will eventually be assigned to Class A Boise.
Others to reach agreement include fourth-round selection Hunter Ackerman, a left-handed pitcher from Louisburg College. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman from Midlothian, Va., was 8-1 with a 1.41 ERA in 11 games. He struck out 92 over 57 2/3 innings while walking 24. His best pitch is his changeup, coach John Thomas said.
"There are a lot of guys who can throw hard, but Hunter has command," Thomas said when Ackerman was selected. "That's what makes him effective."
Also reaching agreements were eighth-round pick Cameron Greathouse, a left-handed pitcher from Gulf Coast Community College; right-handed pitcher Aaron Kurcz, a 10th-round selection from College of Southern Nevada and left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch, taken in the 11th round out of Northwestern.
Two high school pitchers also have signed: Austin Reed, a right-handed pitcher from Rancho Cucamonga, who was the 12th-round pick, and Colin Richardson, a right-hander from Winter Haven, Fla., who was taken in the 14th round.
Here's a list of the Cubs' First-Year Player Draft picks who have agreed to terms:
Round 1: RHP Hayden Simpson, Southern Arkansas
Round 4: LHP Hunter Ackerman, Louisburg, College
Round 8: LHP Cameron Greathouse, Gulf Coast Community College
Round 10: RHP Aaron Kurcz, College of Southern Nevada
Round 11: LHP Eric Jokisch, Northwestern University
Round 12: RHP Austin Reed, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High School
Round 14: RHP Colin Richardson, Winter Haven (Fla.) High School
Round 19: RHP Dustin Fitzgerald, Hill Junior College
Round 20: IF Ryan Cuneo, University of Delaware
Round 22: C Jeff Vigurs, Bryant University
Round 23: RHP Matthew Loosen, Jacksonville University
Round 25: RHP Eric Rice, Palm Beach Community College.
Round 28: RHP Joseph Zeller, The Masters College
Round 32: LHP Brent Ebinger, Lambuth University
Round 34: IF Dustin Harrington, East Carolina University
Dempster's charity event drawing stars
CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews, Brian Campbell and Adam Burish of the Chicago Blackhawks will be among the celebrity dealers at the first annual Casino Night and Concert, on July 21, to benefit the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Family Foundation.
Money raised at the event, to be held at the House of Blues in Chicago, will benefit children and families affected by DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS, with which the Dempster's daughter, Riley, is afflicted.
Besides the Blackhawks players, fans can mingle with Cubs players. American singer Jaron and The Long Road to Love will also be on hand, along with former baseball and football player Bo Jackson, former Major League Baseball player Frank Thomas, Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers and former Blackhawks player Chris Chelios.
Guests will be able to bid on one-of-a-kind auction packages, experiences, and sports memorabilia.
"The funds we raise this year through the event will support our first grant cycle this fall for both children and families affected by DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS and other select local children's charities," Jenny Dempster said. "We look forward to seeing everyone out that evening to help raise money to support children here in Chicagoland."
Sponsorship opportunities, as well as VIP and general admission tickets, are available online, and anyone interested should check out the website www.dempsterfoundation.org for more information.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.