Cubs Lock Up Two-Sport Prospect Matt Szczur
The Chicago Cubs have convinced Villanova football and baseball star Matt Szczur to pass up playing in the NFL to join their minor league farm system. Szczur accepted a $1.5 million bonus from the Cubs after being drafted by Northsiders in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. The 21-year-old wide receiver showed potential last season playing a number of the Cubs minor league affiliates, including the Peoria Cubs. The Cape May, N. J. native had a great career at Villanova starring for the both the Wildcats’ football and baseball teams. The dynamic pass-catcher was the most valuable player in the 2009 FCS National Championship and was considered a likely draft pick for next year’s NFL Draft. The Cubs have set realistic expectations for the young outfielder, projecting him starting in the outfield by 2014. That gives Szczur plenty of time to hone his trade and develop after playing baseball part-time thus far in his young career. Be sure to keep a eye on the young star next year in the minors Cubs fans.