The Chicago Cubs were busy at work after the All-Star game, signing nine of their first 10 draft picks from
the MLB Draft to contracts officially on Friday.
The first name to sign was first-round selection Jordan Wicks. The Kansas State product was widely considered the best college left-hander in the draft. In addition, the team quickly announced Christian Franklin and Riley Martin’s contracts.
Martin’s contract is intriguing. The fifth-year college pitcher signed for $1,000, well below his sixth-round slot value. However, a small college pitcher such as Martin is likely just looking for an opportunity and happy to sign. By signing Martin so low under slot value, the Cubs have more money to lock up some later round picks who have collegiate commitments.
In addition, the team announced that Drew Gray, Liam Spence, Parker Chavers, Casey Opitz, Chase Watkins, and Peter Matt all signed as well. The lone pick from the first 10 rounds to not sign was second-round pick James Triantos. However, there was a rumor indicating the second-round pick plans on signing.
The Cubs’ last ten picks will be harder to sign, as most are high school players with collegiate commitments. However, if the Cubs can keep a few of them in the system, it will be a successful draft class for the Cubs.