Manager Dale Sveum is not directly involved in Thursday's major league draft, but he would like to see the Cubs add pitching.

The Cubs have the second, 41st and 75th picks.

"Obviously pitching is what you want to get in the organization as much as you possibly can," Sveum said. "It's a very important part of the day that we're all curious about."

Asked specifically if he would prefer the Cubs take a pitcher in the first round, Sveum said: "You get the best player. You pull for a lot of pitching, no matter where it is (in the draft). That's part of the draft, finding all those other pieces that somebody else might not have seen. Or you have good feelings about guys. ... But the bottom line is getting pitching in the organization."

Right-handed pitchers Jonathan Gray of Oklahoma and Mark Appel of Stanford are projected by many to be the first two players taken.

Mr. 500: Shortstop Starlin Castro played in his 500th big-league game Sunday. He is a two-time All-Star at 23, but Sveum wants to see more progress from him.

"Slugging percentage, the OPS … that needs to be on a more consistent basis, and driving the baseball and having consistent games of hitting the ball hard with that eye-hand coordination," Sveum said.

Castro, who is struggling of late, has 589 career hits, which ranks seventh all time among players in their first 500 games as a Cub. He is on pace to reach 3,000 hits by his mid-to-late 30s if he remains healthy and productive.