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Papelbon a Pleasant Surprise

Papelbon has two brothers pitching professionally

Left-hander Jeremy Papelbon led the University of North Florida in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts and average against in his final college season before being drafted in the 19th round by the Cubs last month. So how is it that the 23-year-old southpaw is deemed a surprise by Class Low A Boise manager Steve McFarland?

"I had read the reports on him and knew that we were happy to get him," says McFarland, an eight-year Cubs minor league coaching veteran. "At the same time, I thought he was more of a starter in college, but it sure seems like he could fit a role in somebody's bullpen from the left side. In the role that he's accepted with us, he's been outstanding." While it's true that Papelbon was a starter... Recommended Stories

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