In the 2022 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs selected a plethora of pitchers who qualify as high-risk, high-reward picks. One of those pitchers, fourth-round selection Nazier Mule out of Passaic County Technical Institute, is reportedly going to bypass his collegiate commitment to Miami and sign with the Cubs.
Savermetrics is a great follow on Twitter for any Cubs fan. He also runs an awesome Google Sheet where he provides you with all the updates regarding the Cubs’ draft class. Interestingly, Mule spoke out after this report to explain his mind has not been made up just yet.
The message from Mule here makes a lot of sense for a young player who can always elect to go to college in hopes of improving his stock. He may really need more time to talk this over with his family. This is a 17-year-old kid who is faced with a monumental decision.
As a fourth-round pick, the slot value for Mule’s selection is $538,400. If he goes to college, improves, and goes in the first or second round in the future, he could be an instant millionaire. Also regarding money, Mule has leverage in negotiations as a player who could decline an offer and go to college. Likely, he wants to hold onto that leverage, and a report saying he is going to go pro regardless does not help.
Nazier Mule’s Cubs Future
As a two-way player, Nazier Mule made waves on the high school circuit. It seems the Chicago Cubs are more interested in him focusing solely on pitching, and it is easy to see why.
Frankly, the dude can straight-up chuck the ball. As the 94th-ranked player in the 2022 MLB Draft, getting Mule at No. 113 was favorable for the Cubs. Now that it seems likely he will sign, it looks even better.
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