With their 2nd round pick the Cubs select..
- 6' 2"
- 185 lbs.
- Pope High School, Marietta, Ga
Now this is the kind of pick many of us were hoping for. Heck, I didn't even have to find a new picture from my preview piece this morning. The Cubs rolled the dice on one of the most talented, yet engimatic high school arms in the draft.
Underwood has the stuff of a first round pick but his performance has been uneven and that seems to have scared some teams off. Underwood has easy heat and can get his fastball up to 97-98 mph, sits 91-94 with good downward movement. He also has a big slow curve which needs to be tightened up a bit but shows potential. He already throws a decent change-up which he commands well. He's a good athlete with a clean delivery and sound mechanics.
Some concerns include that his velocity is inconsistent both within games and also from start to start and he doesn't pitch well when he gets into trouble. He's a good kid, very coachable, so the Cubs are probably thinking they can correct those flaws.
Of course, Almora is the best player in this draft and the Cubs had a couple of solid supplemental picks, but Underwood has a bit of that "wow factor". He's a high risk, high reward guy.
Really like this pick. Might be my favorite one considering the round and upside
Here's the MLB scouting video and analysis...