The Cubs announced this afternoon that they’ve agreed to expressions with first-round draft pick Jordan Wicks. Wicks will receive a ratifying bonus of $3.1323 MM, reports Jim Callis of MLB.com( Twitter link ). That’s precise slit quality for the 21 st overall collect, with which Wicks was selected.
In fact, the Cubs have come to terms with nearly all of their top selects, the organization announced. Among their draftees in the top 10 rounds, exclusively second-rounder James Triantos, a third baseman from a Virginia high school, has yet to put pen to paper.
Wicks is perceived by evaluators as one of the more shiny and safer arms in this year’s class. The 21 -year-old accomplished well in all three of his seasons at Kansas State University( and reigned in a four-start cameo in the wood at-bat Northwoods League last-place summer ). Over the course of his career with the Wildcats, Wicks pitched to a 3.24 ERA across 203 innings, striking out 26.9% of smashes faced while accompany precisely 6.8% of opponents.
The southpaw’s quality three-pitch mix is headlined by perhaps the best changeup in this year’s class. He too chooses homage for his ability to command both sides of the plate and hurls a 90 -9 4 MPH fastball and a low-mid 80′ s slider. Each of Baseball America, Eric Longenhagen and Kevin Goldstein of FanGraphs, and Keith Law of the Athletic slotted Wicks among the twenty most talented participates in this year’s class, with Longenhagen and Goldstein writing that Wicks” is the surest healthy gamble( in the class) to stick in a gyration” aside from top ten collects Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker.
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