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07:09 AM ET 05.23 | With the clock ticking toward their No. 2 overall pick in the draft on June 6, the Cubs' top officials are taking their due diligence on the road. Team president Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer, top scouting/player development executive Jason McLeod and amateur scouting director Jaron Madison [were in Oklahoma City Wednesday] to meet with Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray. ... [Gray] is the more powerful of the draft's top pair of pitchers, but Stanford right-hander Mark Appel -- a senior who refused to sign after being drafted eighth overall a year ago -- is considered the more refined pitcher. Barring unforeseen issues arising with either pitcher in the next two weeks, the Cubs are expected to take whichever pitcher the Houston Astros do not take [at No. 1].

Chicago Sun-Times

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May 23, 2013  07:32 AM ET

Page 1.

May 23, 2013  08:07 AM ET

"OMG, please don't draft me you effing losers!!"

May 23, 2013  09:13 AM ET

The Cubs better hope the Astros draft Gray so they can take Appel the senior so they can be sure of keeping him.

May 23, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Sounds like a pretty easy pick for both teams. Eeny meeny miney moe ...

May 23, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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The Cubs better hope the Astros draft Gray so they can take Appel the senior so they can be sure of keeping him.

The slot money for those two picks is pretty hard to walk away from. It's not like you can turn them down in hoped of being drafted a lot higher.

May 23, 2013  12:36 PM ET

Whichever pitcher the Cubbies end up picking will be develop a major problem in his pitching arm.

May 23, 2013  02:43 PM ET
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Whichever pitcher the Cubbies end up picking will be develop a major problem in his pitching arm.

Where's Mark's Dad?

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May 23, 2013  04:29 PM ET
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Where's Mark's Dad?

He's delivering 100 pounds of sunflower seeds to Starlin Castro in Pittsburgh so Castro can concentrate on chewing seeds instead of paying attention to the game.

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