The Chicago Cubs’ first round pick is in the organization already, having signed a deal for $2 million, according to Jon Heyman.
Ryan Jensen, RHP from Fresno State and Cubs 1st rounder, agreed at $2M. Understandably a bit below slot as he was a surprise to go that high. Andersen Pickard reported agreement.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 8, 2019
Slot for Jensen’s pick in the late first round was about $2.57 million, so the Cubs saved a little over half a million to be used elsewhere in the draft. Having signed 6th round high school catcher Ethan Hearn to an over slot deal, there’s a chance most of those savings have already been used.
As for Jensen, the Cubs were clearly higher on the hard-throwing righty than most, though Bryan liked what he saw in a review of the tape.
Having pitched a full college year, including a little work in the NCAA Tournament, you should not expect to see a great deal of pitching from Jensen later this year. He will likely see a little bit of time with the Arizona Rookie League team and then the short-season Low-A Eugene Emeralds, but not more than a handful of short appearances. His real first season will come next year, and we’ll get more of a sense of what the Cubs have in their first round pitching prospect.
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— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 4, 2019