Cubs Sign Second-Round Pick LHP Rob Zastryzny

The Cubs signed another one of their recent draft picks on Monday. Rob Zastryzny, the Cubs’ second round pick out of Missouri, announced on his Twitter feed that he is officially part of the Chicago Cubs organization. Zastryzny thanked everyone for their support and said he cannot wait to begin the journey.

According to Baseball America, the Cubs signed Zastryzny under slot for $1.1 million. The Cubs second round pool amount for the 2013 draft was $1,361,900 million.

Jason McLeod indicated last weekend that the Cubs had agreements in place with a majority of the players they selected in the first 10 rounds. The team was waiting on the physicals before announcing the signings. Rob Zastryzny (ZAS-tris-knee) is the third confirmed signing of the players the Cubs selected in the first 10 rounds.

While the Cubs did not make many headlines when they selected Rob Zastryzny in the second round, the 6-foot-3, 193-pound left hander can bring the heat. Zastryzny can run his fastball up to 96 mph and has the ability to effortlessly add and subtract from his fastball. Zastryzny’s fastball usually sits in the 90 mph range and he can locate it on both sides of the plate with good angle. Zastryzny throws a changeup, which has shown flashes at times of being a plus-pitch according to Baseball America. The southpaw also throws a curveball and slider.

Zastryzny’s fastball reportedly has excellent sinking and running life at times that he can locate low in the zone, and he throws his changeup with very good arm speed that matches his fastball in life.

By the Cubs signing Rob Zastryzny for less than their pool amount, the Cubs are officially $81,900 over their bonus pool of $10,556,500 for the draft according to Baseball America’s numbers. Fourth round pick Tyler Skulina reportedly signed for $800,000 ($322,700 over slot) and ninth-round pick Charcer Burks for $170,000 ($21,100 over slot).

Expect more official announcements in the coming days.

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