Garner to forego senior year, signs with Chicago Cubs
MSU junior pitcher David Garner decided to forego his senior year and sign a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, according to the MSU athletic department.
Garner was a seventh round pick (No. 198 overall) in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, becoming the fourth Spartan player or incoming prospect, respectfully, to sign with a professional team.
Garner is 15-12 in his three seasons at MSU, which includes 33 starts where he compiled a 3.97 ERA. Garner ranks sixth all-time at MSU in strikeouts with 192.
The terms of the contract have not been disclosed but, according to MSU, the draft slot averages a pay day of close to $200,000.
Additionally, RHP pitcher Andrew Waszak, who was selected in the 22nd round, signed with the Atlanta Braves and will report to the organization later this summer. Waszak was a senior on the 2013 Spartans and finished with a 6-3 record as the ace of the pitching staff.
But it wasn’t just members of the current team to sign with a professional club.
On Monday, the Baltimore Orioles reached a deal with Jonah Heim from Amherst (N.Y.) High School. Heim, who was an incoming MSU catcher, was a fourth round pick in the draft (No. 129 overall).
In addition, incoming Jackson Community College transfer Blake Higgins reached a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals last week. The right-handed pitcher was drafted in the 16th round (No. 485 overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals.