July 18, 2014
MESA, Ariz. -- Purdue baseball's Jordan Minch officially signed with the Chicago Cubs organization Friday, moving on to professional baseball after being a two-year starting pitcher for the Boilermakers.
July 18 was the deadline for players selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft to sign with their teams. Minch was selected in the 35th round by Chicago on June 7, becoming the first Boilermaker drafted by the Cubs since pitcher Chadd Blasko was picked 36th overall in 2002.
Minch received a six-figure signing bonus as well as an agreement that the Cubs would pay for the completion of his undergraduate degree. By doing so, the left-hander opted to forego his final two seasons of college eligibility. He turned 21 years old on July 16, making him a draft-eligible sophomore this summer. Six-figure signing bonuses count against an organization's allotted pool of money to sign its draft picks, indicating Chicago valued adding Minch to its farm system even though he was drafted in the late rounds.
Minch announced via his Twitter account on July 7 that he intended to sign with the Cubs. He had been pitching for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod League this summer. He made his final start for Hyannis on July 5 and faced one batter on July 7 in his final appearance for his summer league team, striking out a left-handed batter to finish off the eighth inning.
Sean McHugh (18th round by Philadelphia Phillies) and Minch were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft this year, marking the sixth time since 2006 that multiple Boilermakers were picked in the same draft. Minch was Purdue's first lefty drafted since Matt Jansen in 2009.
Minch is expected to be assigned to the Cubs' Arizona League affiliate or the Boise Hawks, Chicago's affiliate in the Class A short season Northwest League. Ten former Boilermakers are active in Minor League Baseball, including three at the Triple-A level.
Minch grew up as a Cubs fan in Northwest Indiana.