According to the draft tracker on MLB.com, the Cubs signed SS Vimael Machin. The Cubs selected Machin in the tenth round out of VCU in last week’s draft. And according to the draft tracker, Machin is the second player to sign an under-slot deal. The Cubs inked Machin for $2,000 which is $150,000 less than the $152,000 pick value for the Cubs’ tenth round selection.
Based on the numbers on MLB.com’s draft tracker, the Cubs have signed RHP Craig Brooks and SS Vimael Machin to under-slot bonuses worth a combined $7,000. The Cubs will be able to use the $356,300 saved on the seventh and tenth round picks to sign other players the team selected in the draft.
Vimael Machin is 5-foot-11, 185 pounds and bats from the left side. The right-handed throwing shortstop is from Puerto Rico and turns 22 in September (Sept. 25).
In 65 games this past season for Virginia Commonwealth, Vimael Machin batted .339/.401/.441 with 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs for a .842 OPS. Machin walked (27) almost as many times as he struck out (28). Machin finished his four-year career at VCU with a .305/.387/.413 slash line. In 226 games, Machin hit 45 doubles, five triples and 12 home runs for a .800 OPS. As is the case with most of the players the Cubs draft, he put together good at bats and showed a lot of patience at the plate. Machin walked 100 times with 109 strikeouts in his college career.
Vimael Machin projects as a utility infielder in the majors. He is a solid shortstop with below average range and below average arm. It is doubtful Machin will be able to handle shortstop full time pro ball but his bat could carry him through a minor league system. And his ability to learn multiple positions in the infield will increase his value.
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.
Draft Picks and Assigned Values for the Cubs first 10 rounds:
- Round One (Pick #9) – $3,351,000 – OF/2B Ian Happ
- Round Two (Pick #47) – $1,292,100 – OF Donnie Dewees
- Round Three (Pick #82) – $731,000 – LHP Bryan Hudson
- Round Four (Pick #113) – $503,100 – OF D.J. (Darryl) Wilson
- Round Five (Pick #143) – $376,700 – LHP Ryan Kellogg
- Round Six (Pick #173) – $281,900 – RHP David Berg
- Round Seven (Pick #203) – $211,300 – RHP Craig Brooks – Signed: $5,000
- Round Eight (Pick #233) – $174,200 – RHP Preston Morrison
- Round Nine (Pick #263) – $162,800 – LHP Tyler Peitzmeier
- Round Ten (Pick #293) – $152,000 – SS Vimael Machin – Signed: $2,000
The Cubs have not announced signing any of the players the team selected in the draft last week. As is the case every year, most of the signings are reported by local outlets and the Cubs will make multiple signings official at one time instead of announcing each individual signing.