By Todd Johnson
A month ago today, the Cubs finished up the 2018 MLB draft by selecting 42 players. Today is the final day for almost all of those players to sign. Currently, The Cubs have signed 30. That’s the largest draft class in the Theo era. But they are not done yet. By the end of today, the Cubs could add more players, and one of them doesn’t have to sign today.
One player who could sign is pitcher Layne Looney, a reliever from the University of Richmond, is one player who I thought would have signed a long time ago. Drafted in the 19th Round, his signing was a no-brainer, but for some reason it has not happened. Catcher Hunter Taylor had a deep run in the College World Series for South Carolina. A senior in college, Hunter technically does not have to sign today. The Cubs could sign him all the way up until almost next year’s draft because he is a senior.
Another possible sign is pitcher Niels Stone from Indian River Junior College. A lefty, taken in the 27th round, the Cubs could sign him to a deal fairly quickly. The Cubs were thought to be using some of their overage to sign 28th round pick high school pitcher Mitchell Parker from the Albuquerque area to an oversight deal. That deal fell through on July 4th when Parker announced he would be going to college instead.
The players listed above are from rounds 11-40, Those who sign today can sign for bonuses up to $125,00 and not have it count against the Cubs’ bonus pool. However, there is just $83,955 of overage left for the Cubs to help sway someone’s mind.
As for the rest of the draft class, of the 30 that signed, most of them were assigned a club except for a few stragglers who just signed this week. The stragglers, like fifth round pick 2B Andy Weber from Virginia, will have to go through an orientation for about a week before they are assigned an affiliate.
To see how all the draft picks are doing in game action, MLB.com has a site for each team that you can track them all on one page. It’s pretty cool not to have to go from team site to team site to see how they are doing.
Here are the actual assignments so far of who has “officially” been put on a roster. FYI – Most of the pitchers have been given a limit of only 30 innings the next two months before they get shut down after already having pitched this spring.
Nico Hoerner, Riley McCauley, Zach Mort, Paul Richan, Ethan Roberts, Cam Sanders, Carlos Vega, Tyler Durna, and Jake Slaughter.
Clayton Daniel, Jack Patterson, Luke Reynolds, Jamie Galazin, and Dalton Hurd.
Blake Whitney, Levi Jordan, Miguel Pabon, Ezequiel Pagan, Drew Wharton, Brennen Davis, and DJ Artis.
No “Official” Assignments for: Jimmy Herron, Kohl Franklin, Cole Roederer, Derek Casey, Andy Weber, Riley Thompson, Josh Sawyer, Jake Reindl, and Chris Allen.
Non-Drafted Free Agents – Grant Fennel is playing for Mesa 2 and Brennon Kaleiweaha is playing for Eugene. Caleb Knight has not been “officially” assigned an affiliate.