Name: Vimael Machin, SS
Drafted: Round 10, pick 293
School: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, (Sr.)
Weight: 185 pounds
Slot Value: $152,000
Signing Bonus: $2,000
The Chicago Cubs have announced a deal with 10th round pick Vimael Machin, a middle infielder out of Virginia Commonwealth University. He reportedly signed for $2,000, $150,00 less than the slot value for the 293rd overall pick.
The 21-year-old Puerto Rican native help lead the Rams to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in school history, and the 5-foot-11 middle infielder was named MVP of the Dallas Baptist Regional. VCU won its first-ever Atlantic-10 Conference Championship and Machin earned 3rd team All-American honors.
"With the way he played the last three weeks of the season, I think a lot of people were able to see him as the kind of player that we always knew he was” said VCU head coach Shawn Stiffler. “The Chicago Cubs are getting a fantastic player on the field and an ever better young man off of it."
A first-team all-conference performer, Machin batted .339/.401/.441 in 65 games with a team-high 53 RBI and 13 doubles. A product of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy, Machin played 226 games at short for the Rams and also spent a summer in the Cape Cod League.
Arriving on campus as a freshman, Machin hit .291 with 13 doubles and was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team. An injury ended his sophomore year after 45 games when he hit .269 but returned his junior season to earned second-team honors at short, batting .307 with 30 BB and 21 K.
Cubs front office has a history with Machin as Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod drafted the Puerto Rican native back in 2011 when they were with the San Diego Padres. Machin shouldn’t spend much time in Mesa and will likely be fielding grounders up the middle in the Northwest League in the not to distant future.