contractAnother day, another big time draft pick signed. I like the pace.

Today, the Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with 5th round pick Trey Masek, a pitcher out of Texas Tech. A top two round talent, I’m sure the Cubs are glad to have the righty in the fold.

In the style of the day, Masek himself announced on Twitter that he’d signed his contract:

Although there is some concern about Masek’s ability to stick as a starter long-term – he has some shoulder and durability questions – there isn’t any concern about his talent. As I said, he was considered a second round talent by many sources (Baseball America ranked him all the way up at 49th), and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Cubs had to go over slot to sign him.

Masek throws in the mid-90s with a good curveball and solid changeup. He represents just one of many college arms the Cubs are looking to pull into the system with this Draft, but he’s one of the better ones.

Because of some arm issues, Masek threw just 79 innings this year (1.82 ERA, 69 K, 22 BB). If he’s fully healthy, he may see a touch more late season action than is typical for a drafted pitcher. Either way, I still wouldn’t expect to see him anywhere but Arizona or Boise this year.

  • TWC

    Is that all it takes? Just post it on Twitter? Cool:

    • João Lucas

      It helps if your name was called during the Draft.

      • TWC

        41st round, baby!

        • TWC

          (The non-televised round. I think Luke covered it in a footnote somewhere….)

          • Luke

            I’m sure if I look hard enough I can find a grainy YouTube video of you in the batting cage, and possibly an outdated high school scouting report.

            • waittilthisyear

              if i gave you my name, and you looked hard enough, you could find a pic of me in the midst of a truly horrid looking swing, with a caption that capitalizes on it. thankfully, high school ended almost a decade ago

          • JulioZuleta

            This kid pulled it off…kinda. He had his girlfriend, sportswriters, and agents believing he was in the Twins org. Even doctored some Top 100 prospects lists to show friends and made tons of fake names on message boards to have “people” talking about him. Some moron agent even signed with him.


            • TWC

              Spencer insisted that I post the contract, so:


              • Brett

                Yup. That’s going in the Bullets.

              • chrisfchi

                this right here just made my day! still cant stop laughing

              • Spriggs

                Wow! How are you going to pass a physical though TWC?

                • hansman1982

                  As his agent, I can assure you that TWC will be ready for everything the Cubs need him to do.


                • Stinky Pete

                  Weed. Lots and lots of weed.

                  • Cyranojoe

                    This was the kicker. Nice, guys.

              • João Lucas

                I’ve been laughing for about 10 minutes now.

              • DarthHater

                News Flash: The Chicago Cubs have imposed a 10-year suspension upon recently-signed draftee Thomas W. Conroy, after learning of numerous comments about the organization that Conroy has posted on a blog that caters to Cubs fans.

                • DarthHater

                  “This guy makes Ian Stewart look like a paragon of professionalism,” said GM Jed Hoyer.

              • baldtaxguy

                Brilliant. Still laughing.

    • Jacob

      I seriously wish Brett would post an article sighting your tweet and claiming you were drafted… Just to see how many people would get fooled by it. It’d be hilarious.

    • miggy80

      Congrats T-Dub! LoL That makes me want to sign up for the twitters so I can follow your advancement through the organization.

  • Jp3

    3 down 6 to go before Boras can start haggling over every penny the Cubs can pay his client.

    • Cyranojoe

      Sounds about right.

  • curt

    Brett , how close to the deadline do you think Bryant will take it.

  • Freshness21

    Brett, any chance of you or Luke doing a full list thus far of all the draft picks, their school, and who all has signed?

    • Brett

      I will definitely do a full round-up later in the signing period. In the interim, I’ll be doing a piece at where things stand from a bonus pool perspective.

      • Freshness21

        Great. I guess it is still relatively early. Looking forward to it. Thanks!

  • Jp3

    I don’t know about everyone else but I get a little more excited with every top 10 signing. Every time it happens and it’s been an overslot deal I feel Boras will be kicking puppies everywhere.