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Cubs draft 7 pitchers after first round

Updated: June 5, 2012 4:32PM

The Cubs weren’t kidding about focusing on pitching during the three-day June draft this year.

Starting with their two compensation-round picks Monday night and going through the sixth round Tuesday, the Cubs have selected seven straight pitchers – every pick except first-rounder Albert Almora, a prep outfielder from Florida.

In the second round Tuesday, the Cubs took right-hander Duane Underwood, a 6-foot-2 high school pitcher from Georgia who has committed to the University of Georgia.

They took another prep right-hander in the third round, 6-3 Ryan McNeil from California who has a scholarship from Long Beach State.

Coastal Carolina righty Josh Conway, whose 2012 season was ended by an elbow injury and Tommy John surgery, was selected by the Cubs in the fourth round. He was considered a supplemental or second-round candidate until the injury.

In the fifth and sixth rounds the Cubs took: Texas high school lefty Anthony Prieto and community college righty Trey Lang from Arizona.

The streak was snapped in the seventh round when the Cubs selected University of Virginia third baseman Stephen Bruno, a right-handed hitter with a .370 average, six homers and 23 doubles this season.

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