Cubs sign Trevor Gretzky
ATLANTA -- The Chicago Cubs announced Friday that they have signed seventh-round draft pick Trevor Gretzky.
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Gretzky, the son of former hockey great Wayne Gretzky, signed a contract for $375,000, according to a major league source. Gretzky could be assigned to one of the Cubs' minor league affiliates or go to the Cubs' minor league complex in Mesa, Ariz.
"The Cubs are thrilled to welcome Trevor Gretzky to the organization," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "It was a pleasure working with the Gretzky family on this contract and we are excited by Trevor's decision to begin his pro baseball career with the Cubs."
Gretzky, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound first baseman, played high school ball in Westlake Village, Calif. He batted .393 with a home run and 27 RBIs in 31 games for Oaks Christian in 2011.
Assistant GM Randy Bush said Gretzky will begin his pro career working at the team's facility in Mesa, Ariz.
"He's a quality young man and a pleasure to deal with through the process," Bush said. "Obviously the Ricketts family have talked about bringing that type of player into the organization. And he fits that mode with a lot of upside."
Gretzky had committed to San Diego State University prior to signing with the Cubs.
Aug. 15 is the deadline to sign players selected in the June draft. The Cubs are expected to sign their top two picks -- shortstop Javier Baez (No. 9 overall) and first baseman Daniel Vogelbach (No. 68) -- before that deadline passes.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com.