contractEven before the 2012 changes to the MLB Draft, teams occasionally found useful players who went undrafted. Although rare, you don’t have to look too far for a notable example – the Braves landed Brandon Beachy as an undrafted free agent in 2008, and he was already pitching with the big team in 2010.

And after those 2012 changes, which limited the Draft to 40 rounds, there are about 300 more players in the “undrafted” pool than there were in the past. The odds of finding MLB-caliber talent among the undrafted is still a tall task, but it’s likely to happen with increasing frequency over the next decade.

Against that backdrop, as they did last year, the Cubs have started the process of snatching up some interesting undrafted free agents. Today’s signee: Josh Davis, a two-way player from Belmont University.

Davis, a senior reliever and infielder, was a good plate discipline guy without a ton of pop, and a dominant closer. His various awards and recognitions appear to have come on the pitching side, and his numbers were excellent: 2.22 ERA over 44.2 innings with 39 strikeouts and just 12 walks. I’d say it’s a fair bet that Davis was signed as a pitcher.

The Belmont article announcing the signing says that Davis will head to Mesa before ultimately heading up to Boise, so it sounds like the Cubs have already told Davis where he’ll begin his professional career.

Can’t hurt to have too many arms. Give guys like Davis a shot, and see what happens.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Belmont University, the Bruins. Why do I know them? They beat my Hogs in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament a few years back.

  • King Jeff

    Is there a limit to how much these guys can get for a signing bonus? Or is it just a free for all after the draft?

    • Timothy Scarbrough

      I think there bonuses work the same ways as rounds 11-40, just none of them will sign for over 100,000.

      • Brett


      • King Jeff

        Thanks, makes sense.

  • North Side Irish

    Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat 3m
    #Cubs announce they’ve signed 5th round pick Trey Masek

    Cubs announce stuff Brett posted yesterday…

  • ETS

    I know google probably knows the answer, but does anyone know if any of the UDFA we signed last year show progress?

  • King Jeff

    Didn’t see this touched on anywhere yet, if it’s a repeat then just shame me, but looks like Brockmeyer is headed to Boise

    Cael Brockmeyer ‏@BigBrock9 13h

    Headed to Boise in the morning…had just gotten settled into my locker too #ohwell #excited #cubs

    • Brett

      That’s a good thing to post in the comments – individual assignments for lower tier draft picks that come after I’ve written up their signing are a little tricky for me to write about as they happen. Doesn’t quite justify a dedicated post, but is newsworthy.

      • King Jeff

        Cool, glad I wasn’t just recycling something that I missed out on reading already.

  • #1lahairfan

    Why did Beachy go undrafted?