CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs have thus far signed eight players selected in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, including left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny out of the University of Missouri, who was drafted with the 41st overall pick in the second round.
In addition, the list of Cubs signees includes right-handed pitcher Zachary Godley (10th round), catcher Cael Brockmeyer (16th round), shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio (18th round), second baseman Zak Blair (20th round), left fielder Kevin Brown (22nd round), left-handed pitcher Tyler Ihrig (23rd round) and right-handed pitcher Zak Hermans (30th round).
Zastryzny, 21, posted a 3.38 ERA (34 ER/90.2 IP) with three complete games, one shutout and a 2-9 record for Missouri in his junior year this season. He struck out 82 in 90.2 innings compared to just 24 walks, holding opponents to a .266 batting average in his 13 starts. In his 2012 sophomore campaign, he struck out 76 batters compared to just 31 walks while compiling a 5-5 record.
His 228 career strikeouts in three seasons at Missouri rank tied for eighth-most in school history. The 6-foot, 3-inch, 193-pound Zastryzny is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and was 17-1 with a 0.20 ERA and 198 strikeouts in his senior season for Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas.