Chicago Cubs Sign 9th Round Pick, High School Outfielder Garrett Schlecht

In news designed to keep you from burning your Cubs attired, the Cubs have signed yet another over slot draft pick.

High school outfielder Garrett Schlecht, whom the Cubs took in the 9th round, signed this week for a total compensation of $355k, which includes money to pay for college.

I’ve always wanted to be a professional player ever since I was little,” said Schlecht. “My dream has finally come true and the wait has been worth it. I just can’t wait to get out there and show them what I’m made of.”

Schlecht, who also pitches, hit .500 this year with a .623 OBP (aren’t high school stats fun?). Apparently he came to an understanding with the Cubs some time ago, but because of the high price tag, approval from the Commissioner’s office took some time. If you’re reading the tea leaves, this bodes well for the rumors that the Cubs have already come to an understanding with other big time over slot types like second rounder Dan Vogelbach, 11th rounder Shawon Dunston, Jr., and 14th rounder Dillon Maples.

Schlecht will report to the Cubs’ rookie league team in Arizona.

Of the total compensation package given to Schlecht, $235k constituted the signing bonus. According to Baseball America’s Jim Callis, that’s the most anyone has yet received in the 9th round. Total aside: that means the Cubs are giving him $120k for college, which is a pretty generous college fund. Note to self: teach daughter baseball. Hard.

The Cubs are very clearly committed to the amateur side of things – hopefully we see that same commitment at the big league level in the offseason.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

29 responses to “Chicago Cubs Sign 9th Round Pick, High School Outfielder Garrett Schlecht”

  1. Cam

    A Cub fan and Vanderbilt alum on a board I frequent says that Dunston has chosen to go to school.

  2. dreese

    So he would be attending the normal college schedule right? spring and fall semester and baseball in the summer?

    1. dreese

      ok, that makes sense. Brett do you have any idea what round talent Garrett is?

  3. CubFan Paul

    “The Cubs are very clearly committed to the amateur side of things – hopefully we see that same commitment at the big league level in the offseason.”

    i seriously hope so, i think i had the salary next year calculated @$92million without Ramirez so we’ll see

    it just disappoints that there was no committment to winning for the 2011 Big League team

  4. Toosh

    Any idea of this kid’s family history? My father was a partner with a Dr. Schlecht in a medical practice in Chicago in the late ’60s. I read that this kid is from Illinois. I wonder if he’s related to the Dr. Schlect my family knew.

  5. Toosh

    Any idea of this kid’s family history? My father was a partner with a Dr. Schlecht in a medical practice in Chicago in the late ’60s. I read that this kid is from Illinois. I wonder if he’s related to the Dr. Schlecht my family knew.

  6. Glenallen Hill's One Home Run

    I’m in my 3rd of 6 years of school, I think I’m going to learn how to hit and get my student loans paid off courtesy of the Cubs. Knowing that I should be taking walks already makes me a better hitter than half the organization, right?

    1. TWC

      *Six* years of high school GHOHR? Dang.

      1. Glenallen Hill's One Home Run

        Haha no, six years of pharmacy school (well, two years of pre-pharm and four of real pharmacy) but I go to a small private school in Des Moines, so it’s basically high school anyways. Only without that whole awkward puberty thing.

        1. TWC

          You’re in pharmacy school, but haven’t hit puberty? Whatever, Dougie.

          Is your school based on the Northern California “pharmacy” school? If so, let me know if you have any leftover samples, eh?

          1. Glenallen Hill's One Home Run

            Yeah, it’s rough when girls these days seem to chase after guys with hair on their chests and low voices and something called “libido”.

            And totally, when I have access to that stuff in a couple years I will surely fly out and hook you up. And I’ll never leave because I’m an idiot who chose to go to school in Iowa.

          2. Glenallen Hill's One Home Run

            Aaaaand upon rereading your comment I realized you didn’t mean that you live in California. There I go again, trying to respond to something without having basic comprehension of what someone said.

            1. TWC

              Oh, baby, I’m in CA all right, and it’s damn near lunchtime.

              And, for what it’s worth, I make a point of responding to, well, everyone, without having a basic comprehension of what they said. It’s like a one-stop non-sequitur shop around these parts.

              1. MichiganGoat

                And thats why we love you baby!

    2. Jim

      It’s called hitting, not walking, dude.

  7. Jason

    Yes he is from Waterloo, Illinois and yes it is right across the Mississippi from STL… indeed its Cardinal country. I played against him this year and both times he rocked us. He is very very very fast! He plays CF/1B/LHP. Hes got a fastball thats around high 80s but its constantly tailing… A LOT! I think he will be a good baseball player, but nothing out of the ordinary.