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.