Cubs Sign Draft Picks LHP Tommy Thorpe and RHP Ryan Williams

The Cubs have not made the signings official yet, but from all indications the team has signed eighth round draft pick (229th overall) LHP Tommy Thorpe and tenth round draft pick (289th overall) RHP Ryan Williams.

LHP Tommy Thorpe signed an under-slot deal of $135,000 and RHP Ryan Williams signed for an under-slot bonus of $1,000. Both players posted photos on their Twitter accounts signing their contracts and Baseball America and Jim Callis reported their signing bonuses.

The Cubs have signed, or agreed to terms, with eight of their first 10 picks in this year’s draft. July 18 is the deadline to sign players that were selected in the draft.

Kyle Schwarber ($3.125 million), RHP Jake Stinnett ($1 million), Mark Zagunis ($615,000) RHP James Norwood ($175,000), LHP Tommy Thorpe ($135,000) and RHP Ryan Williams ($1,000) signed under-slot deals. The Cubs have already allocated some of the $2,040,200 savings on those six picks on LHP Carson Sands, LHP Justin Steele and RHP Dylan Cease. The extra bonuses paid to Sands and Steele total $1,259,100.

The Cubs signed LHP Carson Sands for $1.1 million, which is $619,000 above the slot allotment of $480,600 for the Cubs fourth round pick. And LHP Justin Steele was signed for $1 million, which is $640,100 over the Cubs slot allotment for their fifth pick of $359,900.

LHP Tommy Thorpe (Oregon) – Eighth Round (229th Overall)

The Cubs selected lefty Tommy Thorpe in the eighth round. The junior from Oregon is 6-foot, 195-pounds and throws his fastball in the upper-80s and can throw it into the low-90s. Thorpe features a curveball and a changeup that sits in the 77-81 mph range. Thorpe’s breaking ball and changeup have been described as plus pitches.

Thorpe was 11-4 in 16 starts with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP this spring that included 90 strikeouts in 105 innings with 33 walks. Thorpe was Oregon’s Friday starter this past spring.

Tommy Thorpe understands how to pitch and projects as a reliever.

RHP Ryan Williams (East Carolina) – Tenth Round (289th Overall)

Ryan Williams was a teammate of Jeff Hoffman at East Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior received rave reviews about his makeup. Ryan Williams was 11-3 in 32 games this past spring with a 1.81 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. In 99 2/3 innings, Williams allowed 20 earned runs on 88 hits with 11 walks and 76 strikeouts.


The Cubs signing bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year’s draft is $8,352,200 million. If the Cubs sign a player in rounds 11-40 for more than $100,000, the excess is counted against the team’s bonus pool. If the Cubs draft a player in the first 10 rounds they are unable sign, the assigned slot value is removed from their bonus pool allotment.

If a team exceeds its draft pool by 0-5 percent it receives a 75 percent tax on the overage. If a team exceeds its bonus pool allotment by more than five percent and up to 10 percent, the penalty is the loss of a first round pick and a 75 percent tax on the overage. If a team exceeds its bonus pool by 10-15 percent, the penalty is the loss of a first and second round pick, plus 100 percent tax on the overage. If a team exceeds its bonus pool by more than 15 percent, the penalty is two first round draft picks and 100 percent tax on the overage.

Cubs Pick Values and Draft Signings
  • Round One (Pick #4) – $4,621,200 – Kyle Schwarber signed $3.125 million
  • Round Two (Pick #45) – $1,250,400 – RHP Jake Stinnett signed $1 million
  • Round Three (Pick #78) – $714,900 – Mark Zagunis signed $615,000
  • Round Four (Pick #109) – $480,600 – LHP Carson Sands signed $1.1 million
  • Round Five (Pick #139) – $359,900 – LHP Justin Steele signed $1 million
  • Round Six (Pick #169) – $269,500
  • Round Seven (Pick #199) – $201,900 – RHP James Norwood signed $201,900
  • Round Eight (Pick #229) – $161,800 – LHP Tommy Thorpe signed $135,000
  • Round Nine (Pick #259) – $151,000
  • Round Ten (Pick #289) – $141,000 – RHP Ryan Williams signed $1,000
  • Round Eleven – $100,000 – RHP Jordan Brink signed $100,000

The Cubs have announced the signings of RHP Brad Markey (19th round), SS Alex Tomasovich (20th round), OF Charles White (21st round), C Tyler Pearson (25th round), RHP Zach Hedges (26th round) and OF Calvin Graves (26th round).

Rumors and reports have suggested the Cubs have agreed to terms with more of their draft picks than have been announced. Until the team announces the player has been signed, the deal is not official and should be viewed as such. Additional signings are expected to be announced soon.

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  • Tony_H

    I’m confused on Ryan Williams signing for $1,000. I must be missing something, as it almost seems like the Cubs are doing him a favor giving him a chance to play professional baseball, but his numbers are good. There must be more to the story.

    • Theboardrider

      I was going to ask the same thing. His bonus was only $1,000?

    • Sonate

      Me too.

    • Neil

      If Baseball America changes his bonus I will adjust and update. I was expecting $10-20,000, not this low.

      • Tony_H

        That is what I am seeing everywhere, just doesn’t seem to make sense.

    • calicub

      He’s a senior who would have to forego a year of pro-ball were he not to sign as I understand it. I had a family friend get drafted late as a senior out of Cal Poly. BoSox gave him $5000 and jumped on it for the chance to play ball.

      Some guys just do it for the love of the game.

      • Tony_H

        I know he and others are seniors, but $1,000 is very surprising.

        Last year they paid $35K to their 10th round college senior, let alone the $170k and $130k etc to the seniors before him.

        Now it looks like 9th round pick James Farris signed for only $3,000. This is obviously a way to maximize the money in these picks to use for other players, but these must be pre-arranged deals.

  • Sonate

    Also, I’m still surprised about the Jordan Brink signing. The draft issue of BA had him in the top 100 prospects (not just pitchers) overall. How’d he get to the 11th round? Is it another TJ-surgery candidate? If not, I think it’s a steal.