The Chicago Cubs signed No. 4 overall pick Kyle Schwarber on Wednesday and immediately assigned him to the team's short-season Class A club in Boise.
Schwarber, a catcher who hit .358 with 14 home runs this season as a junior at Indiana, signed for $3.125 million, according to the Chicago Tribune. That is $1.5 million under the $4.621 million assigned value for the No. 4 overall selection in last week's Major League Baseball draft. The Cubs will be able to use the savings to sign some of their other early round picks. He is the highest selection in the 2014 draft to sign so far.
He arrived in Boise on Wednesday afternoon in time for the Hawks' media day. The team opens the season at home at 7:15 p.m. Friday against Tri-City at Memorial Stadium. Hawks manager Gary Van Tol said Schwarber is likely to be in the lineup Friday night.
"To have him here this early, that doesn't happen that often — he's wound up and ready to go," Van Tol said. "... we're excited to have him right out of the gate.
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"(His power) is his best tool and that's part of why we're so excited to get him."