Under the Theo Epstein regime, the Chicago Cubs haven’t drafted many pitchers. That changed on Monday night.
With the 27th and 30th overall picks, the Cubs selected pitchers Brendon Little and Alex Lange. Cubs fans need something positive after watching their team get dominated by the Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets. Here’s a breakdown of both players.
Left-handed pitchers that can throw in the high 90s usually turn into solid major league pitchers. It’s safe to say Brendon Little has both of those qualities.
Little attended State College of Florida, after transferring from North Carolina. He was also drafted in 2015 36th overall. This season, Little made 15 starts. In those starts, he posted a 2.53 ERA, striking out 133 batters in 85.1 innings. One stat that stood out was that he struck out double-digit batters in seven of his 15 starts, nearly half his games.
As stated above, Little throws hard. He consistently throws 92-95 and can hit 97 occasionally. He has great velocity but does have some minor command issues. That’s not uncommon, especially in Junior College players.
Right now, he projects to be in the bullpen. That is mostly because he lacks consistent offspeed pitches. There is no doubt Little is a project, but if everything comes together he could be well worth a late first round draft pick.
With their second pick in the first round, the Cubs took another pitcher, this time a right-hander out LSU Alex Lange.
Lange was ranked as the No. 23 prospect in this year’s draft by MLB.com. This season, he is 9-5 with a 2.92 ERA and 134 strikeouts in just 111 innings. Lange has caught the eye of many teams since his freshman season at LSU, where he went 12-0 with a 1.97 ERA.
It’s clear Lange can rack up the strikeouts. He also posses a curveball that has been called one of the best in the country by several scouts.
As far as mechanics go, there is room for improvement, specifically in his delivery. Right now, Lange projects to be a starter in the big leagues. Unlike Little, Lange has thrown over 336 innings in over 51 starts in three years at LSU.
Right now, Lange projects to be a starter in the big leagues. Unlike Little, Lange has thrown over 336 innings in over 51 starts in three years at LSU. He has the endurance and talent to become a successful major league starting pitcher.
For the first time since 2010, the Cubs drafted a pitcher in the first round and instead of one they got two.