The Chicago Cubs have reportedly agreed to terms with their third round selection, Virginia Tech catcher Mark Zagunis.
According to a tweet from Jim Callis, the Cubs and Zagunis have agreed to a contract.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 7, 2014
Zagunis was the second catcher that the Cubs’ drafted within the first three rounds of the 2014 MLB draft. Though unlike first round selection Kyle Schwarber, Zagunis is believed to have a future in Major League Baseball as a catcher, assuming that he can improve upon his defense.
Behind Welington Castillo, the Chicago Cubs are extremely thin at the catching position. There still is some doubt to the idea that Castillo is the long-term solution for the Cubs at the catcher’s position. That distinction could very well be placed on Zagunis considering there is a strong chance that Schwarber will change positions before reaching the Major League level.
Notice that Zagunis’ signing was under-slot. Towards the tail-end of the draft, the Cubs have selected a plethora of players in which signability could be a concern. The Cubs’ likely will put the money saved from Zagunis’ contract towards some of their Day 3 selections.