#31—Dylan Cease

The Cubs used their sixth-round pick last summer and a $1.5 million bonus to lure Dylan Cease from his Vanderbilt scholarship. Considered one of the top high school arms in the draft before an injury shut down the right-hander’s senior year, Cease is expected to make his pro debut in 2015 after having Tommy John surgery in July.

Name: Dylan Cease, P
Age: 19 (12/28/1995)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 175 pounds
How acquired: —Drafted in 6th round 2014, #169 overall, out of Milton High School, GA. Scouted by Keith Lockhart.

2014 Team:

Prior to Cubs
A product of Milton High School in Georgia, Cease impressed eyes as an underclassman, getting clocked in the low- to mid-90s in several showcases. Heading into the spring of 2014, Cease was considered one of the top preps in the draft and had a full ride to Vanderbilt. Hitting the guns at 98 mph early that spring, Cease only appeared in three games as a senior (1-0, 12 IP, 5 H, 8 B, 20 K) and didn’t pitch after March. With surgery likely on the horizon and a college scholarship in hand, Cease was considered a tough sign and wasn’t selected the first day of the draft. The Cubs came calling in the sixth round on Day Two, and the right-hander eventually signed a $1.5 million bonus, the fourth highest ever for a sixth-round pick since the new rules in 2012. After turning pro, Cease had Tommy John surgery on July 22 and didn’t see any action last summer.

2015 Outlook
Cease will make his pro debut sometime this summer and is likely to be a permanent resident of the Cubs’ spring training facility as he returns from surgery and builds arm strength. There are reports that the right-hander has already started throwing this spring, so it possible he could make it to Boise by the end of the year but at only 19, the Cubs can afford to be patient with his development. Considered a first-round talent because of the fastball, Cease must not only regain the arm strength, but develop and command his secondary pitches as he advanced towards the big leagues. This year will be more about staying healthy and learning the routine of a pro pitcher, than putting up numbers, however, a return to the high 90s with his fastball will have the scouts talking and Cub fans dreaming.

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