Cubs Reportedly Sign Sixth Round Pick RHP Dylan Cease

According to multiple reports, including one from Dylan Cease, the Cubs have agreed to terms with RHP Dylan Cease on a $1.5 million signing bonus. The Cubs selected the right-hander in the sixth round of the draft. Cease had committed to play for the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Dylan Cease received $1,230,500 over the Cubs sixth round slot value of $269,000 to forgo his commitment to Vanderbilt to sign with the Cubs. Jim Callis reported Cease’s bonus is the fourth-highest ever paid to a sixth round pick and the highest bonus a sixth round pick has received under the current draft rules that have been in place since 2012.

Jim Callis also reported Dylan Cease will have Tommy John surgery on July 22.

As Callis pointed out, the Cubs were able to draft and sign the best college bat available in the draft (Kyle Schwarber) and use the savings on seven picks to add LHP Carson Sands, LHP Justin Steele and RHP Dylan Cease to the system.

The Cubs have not announced the signing of Dylan Cease but are expected to in the coming days.

The Cubs spent $8,754,000 on 11 picks in this year’s draft, $401,000 over the $8,352,200 the team was allotted for the 2014 draft.

The Cubs have signed each of the picks in the first 10 rounds of this year’s draft and were able save slot money in the first ten rounds to use on players that were labeled as tough signs. 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), RHP James Farris ($3,000) and RHP Ryan Williams ($1,000) signed under-slot deals.

PrintThe Cubs used the $2,188,200 saved on those seven picks on LHP Carson Sands, LHP Justin Steele, RHP Dylan Cease and 3B Kevonte Mitchell. The extra bonuses paid to Sands, Steele, Cease and Mitchell total $2,589,600.

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. LHP Justin Steele was signed for $1 million, which is $640,100 over the Cubs slot allotment for their fifth pick of $359,900. RHP Dylan Cease was signed for $1.5 million, which is $1,230,500 over the Cubs slot allotment for their sixth round pick of $269,500. And 100,000 of the $200,000 bonus Kevonte Mitchell signed for counts against the bonus pool.

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.

The Cubs spent $8,754,000 on 11 picks in this year’s draft, $401,000 over the $8,352,200 the team was allotted for the 2014 draft.

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 – RHP Dylan Cease signed $1.5 million
  • Round Seven (Pick #199) – $201,900 – RHP James Norwood signed $175,000
  • Round Eight (Pick #229) – $161,800 – LHP Tommy Thorpe signed $135,000
  • Round Nine (Pick #259) – $151,000 – RHP James Farris signed $3,000
  • Round Ten (Pick #289) – $141,000 – RHP Ryan Williams signed $1,000
  • Round Eleven – $100,000 – RHP Jordan Brink signed $100,000
  • Round Twelve – RHP Tanner Griggs
  • Round Thirteen – $100,000 – 3B Kevonte Mitchell signed $200,000
  • Round Fourteen – 2B Chesny Young
  • Round Fifteen – RHP Jeremy Null
  • Round Sixteen – SS Jason Vosler
  • Round Seventeen – RHP Michael Knighton
  • Round Eighteen – RHP Austyn Mills
  • Round Nineteen – RHP Brad Markey
  • Round Twenty – SS Alex Tomasovich
  • Round Twenty-One – OF Charles White
  • Round Twenty-Two – 3B Joey Martarano
  • Round Twenty-Five – C Tyler Pearson
  • Round Twenty-Six – RHP Zach Hedges
  • Round Twenty-Seven – OF Calvin Graves
  • Round Thirty-Two – 2B Andrew Ely
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  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Neil,
    Great recap and sounds promising. Any idea how 22 signed players compares to previous years…low/high/normal amount? Seems like a lot, and you would think a lot of moves in the minors will be needed to make room for all these players.

    Hope you and Abby are having a good 4th!

  • Tony_H

    Another great draft and perfect Top 20. They have done very well on signing their Top 20 picks each year.

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  • BosephHeyden

    If Schwarber continues to progress at the rate he is now, every other single draft pick is just icing on the cake. They hit a home run on that pick (a good amount, actually).

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      You mean they might have actually knew what they were doing when they said he was the #1 college bat and that he was not just a under slot slot? Geeze, who’d a thunk it?

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    That my friends is how you draft. Strategically and tactically it was a masterpiece.

  • triple

    I think the front office has shown some saviness in finding a better way than other teams to build and populate their farm system.

  • Tom U

    Jae-Hoon Ha of Tennessee has extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      This is a guy that could be packaged with Hamels or Jeff S to seal the deal and get the pitchers we want in return.

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