The Cubs were criticized for taking right-handed pitcher Ryan Jensen with the 27th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, but who really knows how 18-21 year-olds will develop over the next couple years. Hopefully they stay healthy enough to fulfill their life-long dreams.
Anyway, it didn’t take long for the Cubs to sign Jensen, as Jon Heyman first reported the signing a couple days ago.
Absolutely no clue how the slots work in terms of money and why players sign for under and over the projected value, but welcome to Major League Baseball, Ryan!
Jensen probably won’t pitch much this year in the minors and I know that sometimes you’ll see teams call college pitchers up right away, but that’s not happening with the righty out of Fresno State.
The 21-year-old throws in the upper 90s, and although he was a starter in college, Jensen projects to be a reliever and has good enough stuff to possibly become a closer.
Here’s a quick scouting report.
Several people thought the Cubs reached for Jensen, but ESPN’s Keith Law did have him ranked 32nd overall. So, not that much of a reach according to one expert.
Well, welcome to the Cubs!