JUCO World Series Alum David Bote Signs with Cubs
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--Neosho County shortstop David Bote, who signed with the Chicago Cubs Thursday, said playing on the big stage at the JUCO World Series helped him catch the eyes of MLB scouts.
"They came to watch the other players like Matt Strahm and Adam Giacalone," Bote said. "The other teams as well, like San Jacinto. Everybody coming to follow all these great players, and then they saw me. That was a very huge blessing."
Bote, a member of the JUCO World Series All-Tournament Team, said some of the scouts started talking to him this past spring about playing at the pro level.
"Nothing too serious," Bote said. "They just said, 'Hey, you look like a good player.' I didn't really worry about it all that much. I just went out and played my hardest every day, and good things happened."
The Colorado native signed for a $100,000 signing bonus plus college tuition.
Bote will fly out to Mesa, Arizona on Saturday for a physical. From there, he will be evaluated and given his minor league assignment.
He as drafted by the Cubs in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Draft.