According to a report from Jim Callis of Baseball America, the Cubs signed Tyler Skulina, the right-hander from Kent State they took in the fourth round of draft. Callis reported Skulina received a signing bonus of $800,000 which is $322,700 over slot. The Cubs fourth round pool amount for 2013 draft was $477,300.
Skulina is the second confirmed signing of the players the Cubs selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft. The Cubs signed Charcer Burks (ninth round pick) last week for $170,000, $21,100 over slot. With the Cubs reportedly signing Trevor Clifton above slot, the Cubs will have to make up for at least three over slot signings somewhere in the draft. Baseball America officially has the Cubs $343,800 over their pool amount for the draft.
Jason McLeod said on Saturday that the team has agreements in place with a majority of their top 10 picks and they are hoping to have Kris Bryant signed in the coming weeks.
Tyler Skulina is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds and throws his fastball in the 91-96 mph range with tailing movement to right handers. Skulina compliments his fastball with two quality breaking balls that includes a biting low-80s slider (80-84 mph) and a curveball. Skulina needs to work on his changeup, delivery and consistency.
The Cubs selected Skulina in the fourth round after many thought he would be selected in the second or third round. Some see Skulina as a middle of the rotation starter.