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Chicago Cubs select 4 Utahns in draft

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After selecting Springville's Mark Pawelek with the 20th overall pick and giving him a $1.75 million signing bonus and drafting BYU's Brandon Taylor with the 520th pick in the 17th round, the Chicago Cubs sought out two more Utahns in the final day of the Major League Baseball first-year draft Wednesday.

The Cubs claimed Cottonwood High's BJ Ferguson in the 33rd round and seven rounds later tabbed BYU lefthander Ryan Chambers.

In all, 14 players with Utah ties — five high school seniors — were selected on the second day.

Viewmont speedster Cole Miles was the first Utahn chosen on the second day as he went in the 19th round to the Atlanta Braves.

Timpanogos' Tyson Ford went in the 32nd round to the San Diego Padres, while teammate Alex Wolfe went to the Boston Red Sox in the 47th round - the final Utahn selected. He was taken one pick after College of Southern Nevada's Aaron Brady (Pleasant Grove), who was selected by the Atlanta Braves.

Former Brighton High standout and Santa Clara University reliever Pat Overholt was the first college player from Utah drafted, going in the 22nd round to the Phillies.

Chad Povich, Braden Wells and Nate Beghtol of Dixie State were late-round draftees by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Pittsburgh Pirates, respectively.

Former Grand High star Steven Hirschfeld was re-drafted, this time by the Colorado Rockies. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox last year, but failed to sign and went back into the draft this year. He pitched less than a dozen innings for the College of Southern Nevada this spring, but will be one of the Coyotes' top pitchers next season.

In the two-day draft, a total of six high school players were selected, six junior college players, six Div. I players. Cody Wright, who played at UVSC, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 45th round, despite being in the second year of his LDS Church Mission.

American Fork catcher Shay Conder, who will attend College of Southern Nevada next year, was selected in the 45th round by the Angels.

The University of Utah didn't have a player selected.

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