Well, according to the man himself via Twitter.
I'm officially a CUB!!!
The Cubs believe there is plenty of projection left in Clifton as he fills out that thin frame and no doubt have the confidence that pitching Derek Johnson can smooth out the mechanics.
As Johnson told me a while back, you can always teach skills later. What you can't teach is arm strength and athleticism. The athleticism is what gives Cubs scouts the hope that he can develop and repeat better mechanics. It also bodes well for him to learn breaking stuff.
Clifton is something of a project but, considering he was their main overslot target, the Cubs obviously believe there is certainly a lot to work with here and some projection for him to get stronger and builds stamina.
Further confirmation comes from Jim Callis,
Cubs sign 11th-rder Trevor Clifton (148 on BA 500) for $375k. Tenn. HS RHP, sits 92-93, up to 97, promising curve & change too.
As I was writing this, the Cubs also came to terms with 19th round C Will Remillard for 150,000, according to Jim Callis. Remillard was a late riser after a strong showing playing with wood bats in the Cape Cod League. Remillard has good bat speed and some loft to his swing, which bodes well for his ability to hit for some power.
Both signings indicate that the Cubs are willing to pay for talent but they're probably done now as far as overslots. They're only 15K from losing a draft pick so unless any of the remaining players are willing to sign for slot, this is it.
It almost certainly rules out OF Marcus Doi, C Jeremy Martinez, and RHP Zack Brown.
All in all, though, you have to be happy with this haul. Not many expected the Cubs to sign those 3 anyway and I think they did well to get Remillard in along with Clifton.
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