After a long wait and so many possibilities, the Cubs selection finally came and they made their decision and they got themselves a rare commodity. A LHP with a mid 90s FB and solid control, though the command isn't quite there yet. Little also throws a very promising curve.
He was a name that we saw earlier but mentioned him for the first time today. He has quick, clean arm action, something that is important to the Cubs. He misses bats, which is what you want to see from a guy with this stuff at this level.
My colleague at 2080 Baseball, Nick Faleris, loves this pick.
— Nick J. Faleris (@NickJFaleris) June 13, 2017
Here is some video on the 19 year old lefty..
The main thing to improve is his consistency, command, and his change-up, which isn't unusual for a player of his age and experience. Faleris believes Little can get MLB hitters out now and he may yet factor in the bullpen down the stretch. He has thrown in the upper 90s in short stints and the power curve gives him a second potential plus pitch.
The Cubs will likely try to develop him as a starter long term. He has the athleticism to learn to repeat and improve his command while also showing an early feel for pitching This is a nice upside pick who I thought they might take with their 30th pick, but the Cubs obviously liked him more than another hard thrower, Nate Pearson, as well as a couple of more polished arms in Griffin Canning and Alex Lange.
Filed under: 2017 MLB Draft