Former Cubs farmhand wins heart of 'The Bachelorette'

Former Cubs farmhand wins heart of 'The Bachelorette'
August 7, 2013, 9:00 am
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Chris Siegfried got the "W" Monday night after competing for Desiree Hartsock's heart on ABC's "The Bachelorette."

But did you know the winner of this season’s “The Bachelorette” was a former Cubs farmhand? Siegfried was drafted in 2007 from the University of Portland by Cubs scout Al Geddes.

“My wife turned it on last night when we found out that he was a finalist,” Geddes told Baseball America, laughing. “Surprised the heck out of me … It was like, ‘Holy moly!’ You never expected that.”

The left-handed pitcher started in the Cubs minor league system with Boise, spending a little more than a month with the Hawks before being sent to Peoria where he played until 2009. Later that year, he was promoted to Daytona. Siegfried hung up his spikes in 2011 after playing with Fargo-Moorhead of the Independent League.

 During his five-year career, Siegfried appeared in 142 games, pitched 294 2/3 innings with a 4.64 ERA, had 224 strikeouts and ended with a 14-20 overall record. He allowed 299 hits and 152 earned runs, including 25 home runs.

Although plenty of drama filled the week leading up to the season finale, an emotional Siegfried did get down on one knee to propose to Desiree.

“Desiree Hartsock,” Siegfried said. “I want to be your first, and I want to be your last.”