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Cubs sign No. 1 draft pick Ed Howard

The Mt. Carmel High School product is in the fold.

Ed Howard bats during the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field, July 22, 2019
Photo by Stephen Green/MLB Photos via Getty Images

About 10 days ago, during the very abbreviated 2020 MLB Draft, the Cubs selected Ed Howard, a shortstop from Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, with their top pick, 16th overall.

Sunday, it was revealed that the Cubs had signed Howard:

Some teams have signed players for under slot value, but the Cubs have given Howard the full slot value of $3.75 million. Cubs beat writer Jordan Bastian confirms the signing:

As noted, the Cubs have not officially announced the deal, but that’s a formality awaiting the paperwork to be finished, per Bastian.

The more interesting note above is that Howard will head to the Cubs complex in Mesa, Arizona to begin work in the organization with Director of Hitting Justin Stone. There obviously won’t be any minor league games this year, so at least Howard will get some work in — presuming it’s safe to open the complex by August.

Congratulations to Ed Howard on officially becoming a member of the Cubs family! The photo above shows Howard playing in the 2019 Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see him back at Wrigley in a Cubs uniform.