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.

It's the 34th-highest bonus this year. According to'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 She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for He also can be found on Twitter @danielrpopper. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.