6/18 Cubs sign Draft picks – UPDATED
The Cubs have signed eight players selected in the First-Year Player Draft, including left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny out of the University of Missouri, who was chosen 41st overall in the second round.
Other signees include right-handed pitcher Zachary Godley (10th round), catcher Cael Brockmeyer (16th round), shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio (18th round), second baseman Zak Blair (20th round), left fielder Kevin Brown (22nd round), left-handed pitcher Tyler Ihrig (23rd round) and right-handed pitcher Zak Hermans (30th round).
Zastryzny will reportedly receive a bonus of $1.1 million, which is $261,900 less than the assigned slot value for the 41st selection.
Other Cubs Draft picks who have reportedly signed — but not been confirmed by the team — include fourth-round selection Tyler Skulina ($800,000) and ninth-round pick outfielder Charcer Burks. Skulina tied a Kent State record with 11 wins in 2012. He was 6-4 with a 3.36 ERA and 102 strikeouts over 94 innings.
Also, fifth-round pick Trey Masek, a right-handed pitcher, apparently has signed as well. Masek announced the news Tuesday on Twitter: “Just signed my contract, officially a member of the Chicago Cubs organization! Couldn’t be more blessed!”
Zastryzny, 21, posted a 3.38 ERA with three complete games, one shutout and a 2-9 record for Missouri in his junior year this season. He struck out 82 in 90 2/3 innings, compared to 24 walks, and held opponents to a .266 batting average in his 13 starts. In his 2012 sophomore campaign, he struck out 76 batters compared to 31 walks while compiling a 5-5 record.