Cubs Ink 4th Round Draft Pick RHP Tyler Skulina

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.

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  • J Daniel

    Sounds like great news!

  • paulcatanese

    Glad for the signing, but whatever happened to the years when salary’s and bonus’s were kept quiet?

    • Tony_Hall

      What decade was that? Because that hasn’t been the case for a long, long time.

      • paulcatanese

        Don’t forget Tony, I was not informed before I entered the computer age, and the CCO.
        Decade?, I stopped counting them:)

        • Tony_Hall

          Ah yes, I remember when you first started posting on here. Back then you were one of the most positive guys on the site.

          What did we all do to you Paul?

          • paulcatanese

            Tony, you didn’t do a thing, I just learned to type, and what makes modern baseball tick.
            The posts I try and put up are not designed to be negative, only another side, and have learned that there are more important things in life than baseball.
            Don’t ever underestimate what I feel about you guys, you are all
            my dear friends, and this site has had many positive moments for me, including you’re posts.

    • Ray Ray

      I agree. Why should the public have knowledge of what a High School kid signs for in the 15th round of a draft?

      • paulcatanese

        Agree with that, all that does is create
        things ( most of which are not good ),

  • Ripsnorter1

    I wonder if all of this over slot business will negatively affect the Bryant signing. I sure hope not. I want that guy.

    • Tony_Hall

      Not in any way. He will sign for around $6M and the savings plus the 5% will give the Cubs more than enough to make up for these over slot picks.

      This FO is very good at the draft and knowing how the system works. It looks like they have figured out the inefficiencies in the system and maximized the draft, the last 2 years of this new system. Give them credit where credit is due.

      • Ripsnorter1

        If they sign Byrant under slot, then I’ll give them credit for that. If not, then you need to take away credit where credit is not due, don’t you agree? : )

        • Tony_Hall

          If they don’t sign Bryant, that would be a huge mistake. But it is not going to happen. The deal was all but laid out prior to the draft if the Cubs took him at 2, as if they didn’t he would go 3rd and for less money.

          Lets give credit to the people actually talking to the agents and players and knowing ALL of the facts and not just the made up ones that we read about. You do know that when you know all of the facts, and NONE of the rumors you make the best decisions. When you criticize from a few facts and ALL of the rumors, you can tell yourself, you know the best way, but it really is just not true.

          • Theboardrider

            Hear, hear!

        • Ray Ray

          How many times have you heard of the #2 pick getting more money than the #1 pick? He will sign under slot.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I’ve never heard of it.

            But then, there’s always a first time for everything.

            I am going to wait and see. If this was such an easy sign, he’d be signed already.

    • Brp921

      I can’t imagine him not signing being drafted number 2. So much could happen next year to make him drop and the chance of moving up to the top spot is not worth taking for just a few dollars more. But then his agent is Boras…

  • Sonate

    I’m curious. On draft day 2, Skulina got a lot of “play” in media reports. But how did he last into the fourth round? Rob Zastryzny, on the other hand, was not even mentioned on day 1 or day 2. Is this where the Cubs save $$$ by paying under-slot? Zastryzny was not on my radar screen, but I’ve read several reports that the Blue Jays intended to use their second-round pick (8th pick of the round?) to draft him. So other teams liked him as well.

    • Tony_Hall

      Every year, players slip through. Sometimes teams didn’t think they would be available when they pick and just miss that the player was actually available. Sometimes teams made a pre-determined decision that he they went Pitcher/Pitcher in the 1st 2 rounds, that they will take the best available bat in round 3. All different reasons why.

      I think the more you look into the Cubs draft, the better it looks. They are signing almost all of their Top 25 picks.

      • Theboardrider

        I believe they did exactly what they wanted in the draft and I agree that much credit is due. As long as Bryant signs I think it’s a home run.

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  • paulcatanese

    Little League, ah Little League. All the kids play a certain amount of innings, its for them right? Then comes the playoffs to get to the Little League World Series. What’s happening now? All Stars from the league they were in are picked and the rest go home.

    From that time on, the best of the league play the most,

    all that matters now is to win, win, win.

    The same process is repeated time after time with Pony League, Big League, American Legion and so on.

    Starts over in High School, everyone plays in Freshman ball, JV ball and then the varsity has its cuts, and the best play from then on, hoping to win City, Section and State. Repeat that for College, except now their are

    Scholarship’s involved and they play the most as they

    are paid for.

    And now their is Pro Ball. Players are paid and paid a

    bonus to sign a contract to do so. The players with the most amount of money to sign a contract are played first and foremost until they outlive their potential or are traded for someone believed to be better than they are. As they improve their craft they are moved up in the system towards the end goal, the Major League team, hopefully to push that team towards a championship. That is the goal of every Major League team, win. Whatever it takes to get there, that’s the goal, and to win now.
    And now we get to the Cubs. Win? No, they can put that off as long as they like. Sign this one, sell that one, and don’t worry, fans are patient, they have been told to be so. And as little Lambs they sit back,
    watch loss after loss and are patient, to no end, and really there is no end in sight. And of course believe
    in a plan.
    In the meantime the plan is to bring in less expensive products (I call players that because that’s what they are, a product or commodity).
    Fans are told to accept this as temporary and things very soon will blossom and evolve into a championship team, one that will compete each and every year. I wish this could be the truth, but is far from it, it would be in perfect world, but then we don’t live in a perfect world, but one that is filled with empty promise.
    One has to remember, every hour, day, week, is a new time in the life of a Baseball team, anything can happen to change it, and usually does.
    Lets put all of this into perspective, the “cream is sent onward and upward” to create a winning program. Sometimes that cream sours, and one won’t drink it.