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Cubs sign second round pick Underwood, 29 players overall

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Cubs sign second round pick Underwood, 29 players overall

The Chicago Cubs have signed second round draft choice Duane Underwood, a right-handed pitcher from Pope High School in Georgia, who will report to Mesa.
The 17-year-old Underwood was 6-1 with a 2.36 ERA with the Greyhounds last season. He struck out 75 batters and walked 34 in 50.1 innings, including a 15-strikeout performance in 6.1 innings this spring.
The 6-foot-2 Underwood, who at times played outfield, batted .337 (35-for-104) with six home runs and 19 RBIs. He added seven doubles and two triples as well.
The Cubs have now signed their first 20 draft selections from this year's 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, and 29 players overall. Last week, the Cubs came to an agreement on a contract with outfielder Albert Almora, who the team selected with the No. 6 overall pick.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: