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Cubs sign sixth-round pick Cease

Cubs sign sixth-round pick Cease

CHICAGO -- The Cubs have signed Dylan Cease, a right-handed pitcher from Milton (Ga.) High School and their sixth-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, to a $1.5 million signing bonus, the fourth highest all time for a sixth-round pick and well above the slot value of $269,500.

The Cubs signed Cease knowing he will need Tommy John surgery, which he is scheduled to have on July 22. Cease was throwing 97 mph before he was hurt.

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It's the 34th-highest bonus this year. According to MLB.com's Jim Callis, the Cubs had a great First-Year Player Draft, getting first-round pick Kyle Schwarber, considered the best college bat available, and using the savings to sign fourth-round pick Carson Sands ($1.1 million), fifth-round selection Justin Steele ($1 million) and Cease ($1.5 million).

The Cubs have signed their first 22 picks, and 25 of their first 27 taken in the Draft.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. He also can be found on Twitter @danielrpopper. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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