Well, according to Baseball America, the Cubs haven't signed anyone. That may or may not be true as the Cubs may just be waiting to announce several signings rather than doing it piecemeal. They'll save the individual releases for top picks such as Albert Almora. Here are a few guys who are either already signed or very close according to various sources (h/t Wes)...
- Anthony Prieto, LHP, (5th Round, H.S., TX): Undersized (5'11") lefty who nonetheless has reached 95 mph in the past. Has struggled to regain that velocity since minor injury. Also has promising curve, change. Clean delivery, good command.
- Chad Martin, RHP, (10th round, Indiana). Huge (6'7", 250 lbs) pitcher who can hit mid 90s, potential for good breaking pitch. Question with Martin is competitiveness and command. Doesn't perform as well as stuff indicates, but great arm strength to gamble on.
- Corbin Hoffner, RHP (14th round, St. Petersburg, FL CC): Projectable pitcher, big 6'5" 235 lbs. frame, good numbers in CC
- Carlos Escobar (6'3, 200 lbs), 15th round pick out of Nevada also plans on signing. Good catch and throw skills, long swing at the plate, projects as a backup.
- Nathan Dorris, LHP, (17th round, SIU): Low 90s fastball, curve, good command...but somehow doesn't perform to his ability. An intriguing pick to watch.
- Lance Rymel, C, (27th round, Baylor):
- Izaac Garsez, OF (30th round, College of Idaho)
- Ben Carhart, 3B (35th round, Stetson): Undersized 3B with good bat, gap power but probably lacks the power to stick at a corner. Solid pick at this point.
Also had a tip that 19th round 3B-RHP Damek Tomscha is also expected to sign. I thought Tomscha might be a tough sign because he likes to hit (.446, 15 HRs) and many teams see his long term future on the mound, where he can hit low 90s on the mound. Some teams like him at catcher, where his arm strength can be a plus and where his bat will project better in the pros. Tomscha has an offer to play at Auburn but my guess is that his willingness to sign quickly means the Cubs are one of the teams who view him as a hitter. And it wouldn't surprise me if they're looking at him as a catcher where he can make an easier transition to the mound if things don't work out as a hitter. We know the Cubs have had great success with that transition in the past.
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