The Chicago Cubs just got through with their 2017 draft, and we are going to give you a summary about their top five draft picks.
Brendon Little- 6’2″ 195Lbs LHP (State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota)
The Chicago Cubs used their first pick (27th overall) on the LHP from the State College of Florida Manatee- Sarasota. Little has a nice fastball that has reached 96MPH, but he has a curveball that is called “the best in the class” that can make any hitter look silly. With the Mantees, Little posted a 2.53 ERA in 15 games with 133 strikeouts.
Alex Lange- 6’4″ 200Lbs RHP (LSU)
Alex Lange is someone that Cub fans need to watch over the next few years, because I believe he has the potential to get to the big leagues quickly. In 2015 Lange was the ace at LSU with his 1.97 ERA, along with his ERA he was also 12-0. This year Lange is 9-5 with a 2.92 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 110 IP. Lange has three pitches he uses, but his two main pitches are the fastball and breaking ball (both earn plus grades from scouts).
Cory Abbott- 6’1″ 210Lbs RHP (Loyola Marymount University)
Cory Abbott has done something that not many college pitchers can say they’ve done. A few months ago Abbott threw the first perfect game in Loyola Marymount history, and now he has been drafted. Abbott has put up some incredible numbers this year with an 11-2 record 1.74 Era and 130 strikeouts. Abbott has a very nice slider and fastball.
Keegan Thompson- 6’2″ 210Lbs RHP (Auburn)
Keegan Thompson who sat out the 2016 season with Tommy John was picked up by the Cubs in the third round. Thompson had a great year at Auburn posting a 2.41 ERA with an 7-4 record. Thompson mixes a changeup, curveball, and slider well with the curve being his best pitch.
Erich Uelmen- 6’3″ 195Lbs RHP (Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo)
Erich Uelmen might not have the most impressive record at Cal Poly, but dont let that change your mind about this RHP. Uelmen posted a 2.93 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 98.1 innings. Uelmen does not have anything that is very overpowering, but he does like to go to the slider when looking for a strike out.
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