Cubs sign first-round pick to ‘steal’ contract

Days after the 2022 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs were able to sign first-round pick Cade Horton to a contract.

The top of the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft was wild to say the least. The Chicago Cubs had one of the most shocking selections (not as much as the Texas Rangers selecting Kumar Rocker at No. 3) when they took Oklahoma pitcher Cade Horton with the No. 7 pick. Horton was classified by MLB pipeline as the 24th best prospect in the entire draft.

Horton and the Cubs were able to come to an agreement on a contract, and the right-handed pitcher officially signed on the dotted line. According MLB pipeline Jim Callis, Horton signed for $4.45 million, which is less than the No. 7 slot’s value of $5.71 million.

Cubs sign first-round pick Cade Horton to contract

In case you need any further proof that Horton signed, he posted photos on his Twitter account.

As Callis points out, Horton’s selection allowed the Cubs to select left-handed IMG Academy pitcher Jackson Ferris in the second round with the 47th overall pick. Ferris was rated by MLB pipeline 19th among prospects. It’s important to note, however, that Ferris remains unsigned to this day.

Horton both pitched and played in the infield during his time with the Sooners baseball program. He missed his first season due to Tommy John’s surgery. In 14 games (11 starts) on the mound, Horton recorded a 4.86 ERA, 1.304 WHIP, 64 strikeouts and 15 walks in 53.2 innings of work.

But Horton left his mark in this year’s College World Series. In the title match against Ole Miss, the right-hander struck out a record 13 batters. In five College World Series starts, Horton posted a 2.61 ERA, a 3-0 record and struck out 49 in 31 innings.

The Cubs were sold on Horton, which is why they selected him with the seventh overall pick. Now he has officially signed his contract with the team.