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Jun 25, 2012 8:16 PM by Andrew Masuda

McNeil agrees to terms with Cubs, eager to start pro career

Less than three weeks after graduating from Nipomo High School, Ryan McNeil is about to start his professional baseball career. The third round pick in this month's draft by the Chicago Cubs has agreed to terms with the Cubs.

The 101st overall pick in the MLB Draft played catch with Titan teammate Cole Holloway one final time at Nipomo High on Monday. McNeil leaves Wednesday for Chicago to undergo a physical and ink his deal.

McNeil will receive a signing bonus around the recommended amount for the 101st pick of $471,000.

The 18 year old is excited to start his new career. "It's pretty surreal actually. I don't think it's really going to set in until I get there and start playing. I'm kind of just trying to have a level head about it and go with an open mind and just be excited," said McNeil. "I know that not a lot of guys have an opportunity to do that and just you know live it up."

McNeil will report to Mesa, Arizona on Friday to the Cubs' Rookie League affiliate.

The 6-4 right hander dominated for the Titans. He struck out 178 hitters in 122.1 innings with a 1.26 ERA his junior and senior years combined.

McNeil will bypass attending Long Beach State. He signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at LBSU last November.

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