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Q&A with Cubs Draft Pick 1B Ryan Cuneo

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Matt Swain

Illinois engineering student, way too emotionally invested in the Cubs.

With their 20th round selection in last week's draft, the Cubs tabbed Delaware senior 1B Ryan Cuneo, the first player they grabbed at a power position. After a historic college career marked by prodigious power production, Cuneo will join a Cubs system lacking in that department.
Ryan recently took a few minutes to catch up with Wrigley Bound about his draft process and his new professional baseball career. 

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Wrigley Bound: Describe the draft process. How did you spend your draft day? What kind of contact did you have with the Cubs after they picked you?

Ryan Cuneo: On Draft day I told myself that I wouldn't sit by the computer screen and watch every pick. On Tuesday morning I went to the gym and got home around 12:30. They were just about getting done with round 2. As soon as I looked at the draft tracker I new I was going to be glued to the screen all day. I started getting a little nervous in the late teen rounds. Then sure enough in the 20th round pick 610 I heard my name. The area scout Billy Swoope called me shortly after to congratulate and welcome me to the Chicago Cubs.

WB: What round were you expecting to be selected in? Did you have any idea the Cubs would take you?

RC: I was expecting to be drafted between the 15th and 20th round. I knew the Cubs were a team that had a good bit of interest in me from previous talks with the area scout. Their were a handful of teams that every time they made a pick I would listen a little closer with the anticipation of hearing my name.


WB: You returned to Delaware as a senior after not being drafted in 2009. What do you think was the reason nobody looked at you last year? Does it motivate you at all?

RC: After not being drafted in my junior year at Delaware I was extremely motivated to put myself in the right position to get a chance in the 2010 draft. After that season, I went up to the Cape league determined to perform well and make a statement. I went on to make the all-star team and named to the all-cape team at the end of the summer. I truly feel I went under the radar my junior year because I had not played in some premier leagues prior to that season and although I put up good power numbers in 2009 and I didn't hit for the average that I should have. I am extremely motivated to keep improving as a player and continue to take my game to the next level.


WB: Give a brief scouting report of yourself. What parts of your game make you successful?

RC: My strength has always been hitting for power and average. I am successful because I am a confident hitter. I feel I can hit no matter whose on the mound or what the count is. I have learned to stick with an approach and stay within myself.


WB: Describe your approach at the plate. What's your plan of attack in a given at-bat?

RC: My approach at the plate is to hit off the fastball. Early in the counts I look for a pitch I can drive. Later in the counts I still look fastball and adjust to off speed. I constantly think about hitting the ball in the middle of the field to avoid pulling off. 


WB: What would you be doing right now if you weren't starting a professional baseball career? What's second on your list of dream jobs?

RC: Baseball has always been the number one goal. If I wasn't about to start a professional career I would probably still do something that involved baseball. I would try to use my Business degree from Delaware to help me open up a sports facility.


WB: What will be your goals for the rest of this season?

RC: My goals for the rest of this season are to quickly get to Boise, Idaho and be a leader in homeruns, doubles and average at the end of the season.

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