LSU Draft pipeline continues for Cubs
Chicago selects catcher Gibbs in sixth round Tuesday
MILWAUKEE -- Once again, the Cubs selected a player from LSU in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
In the third round, the Cubs picked catcher Micah Gibbs, a switch-hitter who flirted with .400 in 2010, finishing at .388 in 62 games (95-for-245). He hit 10 home runs, 14 doubles and had 60 RBIs for the Tigers.
A native of Pflugerville, Texas, he credits his father, Ben -- who was a catcher at Kansas State -- with having the greatest influence on his athletic career.
Gibbs has raised his batting average 100 points from a year ago, and according to scouts, is an outstanding receiver with a plus arm.
Cubs infielders Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot both played at LSU. Theriot was selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 2001 Draft, while Fontenot was the Orioles' first-round pick that year. Last year, the Cubs picked LSU shortstop DJ LeMahieu in the second round of the Draft.
Fontenot and Theriot both worked out with Gibbs at the LSU campus before Spring Training started.
"I've met him a couple times, but I don't know him really well," Fontenot said Tuesday. "He's a good player, a good dude."
Gibbs and the Tigers were eliminated from the NCAA Los Angeles Regional on Sunday after a 4-3 loss to UC Irvine.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.