Cubs Have Already Reportedly Signed the Big-Time Catching Prospect They Drafted This Week

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Cubs Have Already Reportedly Signed the Big-Time Catching Prospect They Drafted This Week

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This Cubs front office just doesn’t mess around. Not only were they hard at work signing Craig Kimbrel yesterday, and not only were they concluding the 2019 MLB Draft – 30 rounds of it – but they were also *SIGNING* one of their top draft picks!

Ethan Hearn was not necessarily universally regarded as the top high school catcher in the draft, but he was pretty universally in the top three. Getting him locked up this quickly is already a tremendous boon to the draft class.

Second round money is a pretty wide range, from just under a million bucks to upwards of $1.6 million. You generally expect this caliber of prospect taken in this range to be closer to the $1 million end of that spectrum, so we’ll see. In any case, what’s important is that the Cubs will have gone way over slot to sign Hearn, which means they already know – for sure – that they are saving slot money elsewhere.

In other words, the deals are very likely in place, if not yet officially, with some of their higher-round picks that might come in under slot. The Cubs have been busy, busy, busy this week.

For more on Hearn, see our initial write-up when he was drafted:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.