6/19 Cubs sign four more Draft picks
The Cubs signed four more of their picks from the First-Year Player Draft, including second-round pick Jake Stinnett and high school pitchers Carson Sands and Justin Steele.
Stinnett, 22, signed for $1 million, which was below the slot value of $1.25 million. He was 8-6 with a 2.67 ERA in 17 games for Maryland this season, his senior year. He struck out a school single-season record and Atlantic Coast Conference-high 132 batters and walked just 30. The right-hander led the ACC in complete games and innings pitched, and became the seventh pitcher in program history to throw a no-hitter when he did so March 1 against Massachusetts.
With the Cubs signing first-round pick Kyle Schwarber and Stinnett under the slot amounts, they were able to spend more on the high school pitchers selected, such as Sands, 19, their fourth-round pick, who agreed to a $1.1 million bonus. The lefty was 11-1 with a 0.58 ERA and one complete game in 14 outings (12 starts) for North Florida Christian this past season. He struck out 100 in 60 2/3 innings, and walked 24. Sands pitched for Team USA for three summers, winning a gold medal with the 18-and-under team in 2012.
Steele, 18, the fifth-round selection, got $1 million. He was 5-1 with a 0.98 ERA in eight games for George County this past season. He struck out 92 in 43 innings,.
The Cubs also signed seventh-round pick James Norwood, 20, who went 8-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 15 starts this season to cap off a three-year college career at St. Louis University.
Other Draft picks to have signed with the Cubs include Brad Markey (19th round), John Tomasovich (20th), Charles White (21st), Tyler Pearson (25th), Zach Hedges (26th), and Calvin Graves (27th).