Cubs announce the signing of outfielder Brennen Davis, right-hander Paul Richan and eight other draft picks
The Cubs announced on Sunday the organization has signed outfielder Brennen Davis, the club’s second round selection (62nd overall), and right-handed pitcher Paul Richan, a second round compensatory selection (78th overall), in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Overall, the Cubs have signed 10 selections from the 2018 Draft to date (including Davis and Richan): outfielder D.J. Artis (seventh round), right-hander Riley McCauley (14th round), right-hander Carlos Vega (21st round), outfielder Jamie Galazin (22nd round), right-hander Blake Whitney (24th round), outfielder Drew Wharton (30th round), infielder Clayton Daniel (31st round) and lefthander Jack Patterson (32nd round).
Brennen Davis, 18, batted .444 (28-for-63) with a .593 on-base percentage, .761 slugging mark and 13 stolen bases in 23 games in his senior season at Basha (AZ) High School. The six-foot four-inch, 175-pound Davis hit a combined .426 (43-for-101) with 10 doubles, two triples, four homers and 41 runs scored in 38 games over his final two years of high school.
Paul Richan, 21, struck out 101 batters in 89.2 innings, good for an average of 10.14 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, while walking just 13 in his 2018 junior season at the University of San Diego. In 2017, Richan posted a 3.05 ERA while allowing just 21 walks in 76.2 innings en route to a spot on the All-WCC Honorable Mention Team.
According to Mark Gonzales, talks with third pick Cole Roederer are expected to continue Monday and he will reportedly be signed soon.
And INF Nico Hoerner has reportedly agreed to terms with the Cubs. His signing is expected to be made official in the coming week.