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Shoulders chooses Cubs over Bulls

Posted Aug 8, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Aug 8, 2011 at 08:55 PM

USF’s baseball team was dealt a blow Monday night, as junior college recruit Roderick “Rock” Shoulders agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs, who selected him in the 25th round during June’s MLB amateur draft.

Shoulders, a former Brandon High standout, didn’t want to disclose the exact details of Chicago’s offer, but said it was “third round money” with additional funds for his future education, a deal he felt was too good to pass up.

“Growing up and being a little kid, I always wanted to play pro baseball,” Shoulders said. “To pass up school it had to be something I really wanted to do, and this was something I really wanted to do.”

Shoulders said he plans to report Friday or Saturday to Chicago’s rookie league affiliate in Mesa, Ariz., and added that “everything is just really exciting ... and I can’t believe it’s all happening right now.”

Shoulders, a first baseman/designated hitter, spent last season at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. He ranked in the top 20 nationally on the junior college level in both home runs (14) and RBI (58) while hitting .318 for the Manatees, and was expected to provide some punch to USF coach Lelo Prado’s lineup next season.

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