CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University junior righthander David Cales (Chicago, Ill./University of Illinois-Chicago/Mount Carmel) was selected in the 24th round (No. 731) by the Chicago Cubs as part of the 2008 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft Friday at the Disney Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Cales, who transferred to SXU from NCAA Division I University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) prior to the 2008 baseball season, redshirted this past spring and did not get an opportunity to showcase his arm for the Cougars. Prior to entering the collegiate ranks, Cales played at nearby Mount Carmel High School in Chicago under Brian Hurry. In fact, he was the first Illinois native selected by the Cubs in this year's draft.
"Our entire program is excited for David and we wish him the best as he prepares for the next level of his playing career," said Saint Xavier University baseball coach Mike Dooley. "We would have loved to have had him pitch for us this past season, but it did not work out that way. David is a very talented hurler and I have no doubts that, with hard work, he will have a successful professional career."
Thirty-four players from the NAIA were picked up in the 50-round draft that spanned two days. National champion Lewis-Clark State took home top honors among NAIA schools with five draftees. The last SXU player to get drafted was righthander Luke Gregerson, who was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 28th round (No. 856) in the 2006 MLB Draft. Gregerson was promoted to the Double A Springfield Cardinals out of Springfield, Mo., last September and currently serves as one of the team's top relievers with seven saves and 37 strikeouts over 27 appearances.To see a list of all the NAIA players selected in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, click here