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Cubs Minor League Daily: Get Ready For Draft Signings

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Some big early names from the 2017 draft are rumored to be agreeing to draft bonuses now, and that means the dominos are going to start falling at an ever quickening pace as we head into the week. Typically, even in this era of harder slot bonuses, the market tends to wait for a few early signings to set the scales before the rush of deals starts to pour in. Now that a few of the bigger bonuses at the top of the draft likely are agreed to, including perhaps two that surpass Kris Bryant‘s total of $6.7 million, we should see several signings being announced or reported in the next few days.

Unlike many other teams, though, who may be looking to get their high draft picks into a short season league quickly, the Cubs are likely not in any huge hurry. Not for the prospects at the top of their draft, anyway. A very large percentage of the Cubs’ draft was college pitchers, and generally speaking, college arms have already put in quite a few innings before the draft even rolls around (first rounder Alex Lange, for example, is still pitching in the College World Series). Rather than trying to get them more work, the Cubs will probably be more interested in limiting their work the rest of the season.

In the middle rounds of the draft, the Cubs did draft some position players; those are signees we can more safely expect to play a substantial number of games for Mesa or Eugene before the end of the year.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 16, Omaha 3
Sixteen runs on sixteen hits on a day when the wind was blowing hard to center.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Chattanooga 10, Tennessee 2
On the good side, Vosler hit his thirteenth homer.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 8, Down East 3
The Pelicans took a large, early lead, and they kept adding on from there.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 9, Lake County 3
Six of the Cubs nine hits went for extra bases.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 6, Vancouver 1
The Emeralds now have a two game winning streak.

Other Notes

  • Isaac Paredes got off to a slow start, but he has been heating up quite a bit lately. His OPS by month (sample size alerts in every case) are .617 in April, .686 in May, and .983 in June.
  • Candelario hasn’t been his usually consistent, productive self lately, but he may have started to return to form yesterday. He certainly got all of this one:

Author: Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.