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The Cubs have come to a contract agreement with their 2020 first-round pick, shortstop Ed Howard.
Howard's signing bonus is for $3.75 million, which matches the slot value of the 16th overall selection in which he was taken. The 18-year-old is viewed as one of the best defensive shortstops in the class yet still possesses the potential to hit for both average and power.
The Chicago Cubs have selected Mount Carmel (Ill.) HS SS Ed Howard with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.
Howard is one of the only top players in this class who is viewed as a sure thing to remain at shortstop upon getting to the big leagues. That gives him a lot of "real life" value playing a premium position. His bat will determine whether or not he becomes a star. The good news is Howard has superb bat speed and enough swing rotation to project some power in the future. If everything breaks right we could see a .280 hitter who hits 20 homers and steals 30 bases at his best.