Jim Callis of Baseball America tweets,
Blackburn had a commitment to Arizona State, and although most felt that deep down, he wanted to play pro ball, it was going to be costly. The Cubs had to pay full pick value to lure him away. I think Blackburn is the type of projectable, yet polished pitcher whose stock could have really risen as a college arm.
Blackburn projects as a #3 starter in the big leagues because of the potential to have 3 plus pitches. Like many pitchers that both Jason McLeod and Tim Wilken prefer, Blackburn is athletic and figures to be able to repeat his delivery well and have good command.
Although it's unofficial, the Cubs are believe to have also signed RHPs Pierce Johnson (1st rd. supplemental) and Ryan McNeil (3rd round).
According to my unofficial tally, the Cubs have signed all of their picks in the first 10 rounds except for OF Albert Almora, RHP Duane Underwood (2nd round), and Trey Lang (6th round). That's 9 of the first 12 picks so far.
In another news, Peter Gammons tweets the following:
The Braves were right there with the Cubs @$30M on Jorge Soler, with the White Sox and Yankes between $25M and the Cubs @ $30M.
The Braves were something of a sleeper team throughout this, because they are in need of RH power hitters in their organization, but I'm a little surprised they bid that high.
Interesting also that the White Sox also bid high, which seems like an obvious contradicion to Jerry Reinsdorf stance on amateur spending. After leading the crusade that lead to the current CBA which, among other things, restricts spending on international amateur free agents, Reinsdorf made an offer that is 8 times higher than will be allowed when the July 2nd signing period begins
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