Hamann signs with CubsWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
After being selected in the 16th round of the MLB Draft on June 6, Toledo starting pitcher Mike Hamann has signed a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs.
Hamann, the draft’s 494th overall pick, signed a $100,000 contract with Chicago this week. He was previously selected in the 24th round of the 2009 Draft by the Cleveland Indians, but decided to attend the University of Toledo instead. He was not eligible to re-enter the draft again until after his junior season due to MLB Draft guidelines.
In 2012, Hamann posted a 3-5 record with a 5.80 ERA. He struck out 55 batters in 76 innings while walking 29. The 21-year-old starter from Port Clinton improved late in the season, however, winning two of his last five outings with a 2.16 ERA, striking out 25 and walking five in 29.2 innings.
Hamann was the lone player for the UT baseball team to be selected in the MLB Draft, although quarterback Terrance Owens was surprisingly selected in the 40th round by San Diego despite not playing baseball since his freshman year of high school. Other UT pitchers to sign contracts following the season include Lincoln Rassi and Matt Kuna who signed with the Kansas City Royals and Schaumburg Boomers, respectively.