According to a report from the Salisbury Post, the Cubs have signed RHP Craig Brooks. The Cubs selected Brooks in the seventh round of this week’s draft.
Brooks was drafted Tuesday and by Wednesday he had signed his contract according to the Salisbury Post and he will report Monday to the Cubs’ facility in Mesa.
The Cubs signed Brooks to an under-slot contract. The report did not provide details of his deal other than saying Brooks did not receive the $211,300 bonus the Cubs were allotted for the seventh round pick in the draft. Brooks told the Salisbury Post that he signed “for a fraction of the slot value.” Brooks had no leverage as a college senior and wants to play professional baseball.
The 22-year old right-hander is 5-foot-10, 180 pounds and put up impressive numbers on the mound. Brooks was Catawba’s regular third baseman this past season when he was not pitching. Brooks was reportedly the team’s best third baseman and one of his team’s five best hitters. Brooks was the team’s shortstop during his junior year.
On the mound he excelled as a starter and reliever and was Division II Pitcher and Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player.
Brooks led Division II in strikeouts and finished his career with a 23-4 record and a 1.94 ERA that included 12 saves. Brooks threw a no-hitter last February, his first at any level of baseball. Brooks was the closer during the Division II Championships and save the three games Catawba won. Brooks struck out 11 of the 17 batters he faced in the tournament.
Craig Brooks reportedly has good command and throws his fastball in the low- to mid-90s (93-94 mph) as a starter. Brooks can run his fastball up to the high-90s as a reliever (97 mph) and features a cutter, a curveball and changeup.
Craig Brooks was an American Legion teammate of the Cubs’ eighth round pick, RHP Preston Morrison.
Cubs 2015 First-Year Player Draft
The Cubs signing bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year’s draft is $7,236,100 million down from $8,352,200 million from a year ago. 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.
Assigned Pick Values for the Cubs first 10 rounds:
- Round One (Pick #9) – $3,351,000
- Round Two (Pick #47) – $1,292,100
- Round Three (Pick #82) – $731,000
- Round Four (Pick #113) – $503,100
- Round Five (Pick #143) – $376,700
- Round Six (Pick #173) – $281,900
- Round Seven (Pick #203) – $211,300
- Round Eight (Pick #233) – $174,200
- Round Nine (Pick #263) – $162,800
- Round Ten (Pick #293) – $152,000
The Cubs have not announced signing RHP Craig Brooks. As is the case every year, most of the signings are reported by local outlets and the Cubs will make multiple signings official in one release.