According to a report from the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Cubs have signed their 12th round pick in the 2013 draft, right handed pitcher Trevor Clifton.
Clifton had committed to play college baseball for the University of Kentucky after recently graduating from Heritage High School in East Tennessee. Clifton said being drafted was a dream come true and he is ready to start his professional career.
Trevor Clifton was hoping to be drafted in the earlier rounds but that did not happen and he slipped to the Cubs. According to the report, Clifton was asking for third round money and that is what he received from the Cubs.
Clifton will report to the Cubs facility in Mesa in a week.
Trevor Clifton is 6-foot-4, 170 pounds and just turned 18 years old last month (May 15, 1995). Clinton has a projectable frame and gained a lot of attention this spring when his velocity increased. According to Baseball America, Clifton’s fastball sits 92-93 mph but he has touched 97 mph on the gun. Clifton throws a curveball, a slider and a changeup. According to BA, his curveball shows flashes of plus power at 80 mph.
The knock on Clifton seems to be about his mechanics and raw delivery but scouts think he has a good feel for pitching.
Clifton was considered to be a tough sign with his commitment to Kentucky.
The Cubs’ third round pool amount for this year’s draft is $736,200.