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Report: Cubs’ 7th-Round Pick Nick Hull Will Sign

Nick Hull, the Cubs’ seventh-round pick, says he is ready to sign with the team and get to work.

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While not a surprise—given that he just finished a five-year career at Grand Canyon University—RHP Nick Hull is saying he will sign with the Cubs after Chicago selected him in the seventh round of the 2022 MLB Draft.

Nick Hull the Player

Hull brings a more developed arm to the Chicago Cubs’ farm system than most of their picks. Looking at his career numbers, you are likely to be unimpressed with his 4.04 ERA. However, that primarily comes from his freshman season when he had a 7.61 ERA in 36.2 innings pitched. After that, Hull never posted an ERA over 4 again.

His best season came out of the bullpen as a senior in 2021 when he struck out 39 and only walked 13 batters over 35.2 innings, culminating in a 1.77 ERA and a .202 BAA. As a fifth-year graduate student, Hull became GCU’s ace. In 16 games, the almost-23-year-old went 7-1 with a 3.72 ERA and a .250 BAA. Over 96.2 innings, Hull fanned 102 batters while only walking 28. He has a nasty slider that serves as his put-away pitch.

Nick Hull the Cub

The slot value for Hull’s 203rd pick is $237,300. Given he’s a fifth-year graduate student, one can assume Hull will be an under-slot signing. Just how much he comes in under slot remains to be seen, but there is a good chance the Cubs use some savings here to sign other prospects who are harder to nab at slot value.

It will be interesting to see if the Cubs slot Hull in as a starter or place him directly into a bullpen role where he excelled the most. Either way, as an older prospect, expect to see the Cubs be a bit aggressive with Hull’s placement right off the bat.

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