Trey Masek, the Cubs fifth round draft pick, announced on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon that he had just signed his contract and was officially a member of the Chicago Cubs organization. Masek said he couldn’t feel more blessed.
Masek is the second player in as many days to announce his signing on Twitter before the team. The amount of his signing bonus is unknown at this point. The Cubs fifth round pool amount for the recent draft was $357,400.
The Cubs announced they signed eight of their 40 draft picks on Tuesday including second round pick, Rob Zastryzny. The Cubs signed RHP Zack Godley (10th round), catcher Cael Brockmeyer (16th round), shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio (18th round), second baseman Zak Blair (20th round), outfielder Kevin Brown (22nd round), LHP Tyler Ihrig (23rd round) and RHP Zak Hermans (30th round).
Trey Masek (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) was not sure if he would return to Texas Tech or not for his senior season after the Cubs selected him in the fifth round in the draft. Masek was projected to go in the second round but slipped to the fifth round and the Cubs picked up a very intriguing arm.
Masek was primarily a reliever during his sophomore season before becoming a starter last summer in the Cape Cod League. Masek features four pitches and can locate all four offerings for strikes. Masek sits consistently in the 89-93 mph range with his fastball and can touch 95 mph. His curveball has some sharpness to it and he throws a short cutter/slider and a changeup. Masek’s pitching coach at Texas Tech, Ray Hayward, helped him smooth out his delivery this past spring which helped with his command.
The Cubs also announced the signing of their tenth round pick, right handed pitcher Zack Godley from the University of Tennessee. According to Baseball America, Godley signed for $35,000, well under their tenth round pool amount of $139,000.
Godley was UT’s middle reliever for a season before becoming a starter in 2012. Godley is a strike thrower with a fastball that sits in the 88-90 mph range, a fringe-average curveball and a changeup as a starter. As a reliever, Godley would hit the mid-90s with his fastball (95 mph) and some feel that he will end up as a reliever in pro ball.
According to Baseball America’s numbers, the Cubs are $22,100 under budget on their 2013 bonus pool after signing Rob Zastryzny ($1,100,000) and Zack Godley ($35,000) under-slot and signing Tyler Skulina ($800,000) and Charcer Burks ($170,000) over-slot.
The Cubs should announce more signings in the coming days.
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