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Cubs Speak Highly of First-Round Pick

Andrew Cashner (PHOTO/MICHAEL CLEMENTS)

The Cubs believe they know a good thing when they see one, so for the second straight year they selected pitcher Andrew Cashner in the annual major league draft Thursday. Only this time, they made Cashner their first overall pick.

After drafting Cashner, 21, in the 29th round from Angelina College in Texas a year ago, the right-hander would return to college and pitch for TCU in Conference USA this past season. He was 9-4 with nine saves, a 2.32 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .122 average against. On a conference call with reporters Thursday, Cubs Scouting Director Tim Wilken...

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