Farm Report: DeVoss steals the show

It was a debut for the record books—literally.

Second baseman Zeke DeVoss, the Cubs’ third-round pick in the June draft, swiped five bags in his short-season Class-A debut with the Boise Hawks on Monday, setting a franchise record. The 21-year-old went 0-for-1 with two walks and two hit-by-pitch while scoring four runs. Though the Hawks fell behind in the 9th, losing 8-7 to the Spokane Indians, DeVoss proved right off the bat that his knack for getting on-base combined with his above-average speed will benefit any team he plays with.

Here’s a little more on the Cubs’ First-Year Player Draft signings, straight from the upcoming August issue of Vine Line.

The latest building of the Cubs farm system is in full swing.

With the signing of third-round pick Zeke DeVoss, a switch-hitting outfielder out of the University of Miami, the Cubs had agreed to terms with 17 of their 50 picks from the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft through mid-July. DeVoss is noted for his speed, athleticism and ability to get on base, and he was assigned to Rookie-level Mesa. The team also agreed to a contract with sixth-round selection Neftali Rosario, an 18-year-old catcher from Puerto Rico.

The Cubs have until Aug.15 at midnight ET to come to terms with their 2011 draft choices, with several announcements expected to come after MLB approval.

Photo by HurricaneSports; from BoiseHawks.com.

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