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Chicago Cubs Take Brendon Little, Alex Lange in the First Round of the 2017 MLB Draft

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Chicago Cubs Take Brendon Little, Alex Lange in the First Round of the 2017 MLB Draft

The Cubs entered this draft looking for pitching after seeing the struggles of the rotation thus far this season. Monday night, Theo Epstein and the crew made it their priority to go out and find pitching help early. The Chicago Cubs selected Brendon Little (27th pick) and Alex Lange (3oth pick) in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft. The 30th pick came from St. Louis Cardinal as compensation for their Dexter Fowler signing.

Brendon Little

Brendon Little is a graduate of Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa. During his high school, playing days scouts around the country noticed his ‘raw’ talent which helped earn him a scholarship to the University of North Carolina. Despite that the San Francisco Giants  took Little in the 36 round of the 2015 draft. Little chose to head to college.

He only pitched in four games as a freshman pitcher. His season at UNC wasn’t what Little was hoping for and left him questioning what he should next. In the summer of 2016, Little played in the Cape Cod League, posting a 3.68 ERA over 22 innings

After the summer in the Cape Cod League, Little looked elsewhere for college in hope of more exposure to hopefully make his pro baseball dream come true. Brendon chose to transfer to State Junior College of Florida for his sophomore season.

He saw a lot of success at the JUCO stage. He pitched 7 10-strikeout games over 15 outings which included a memorable 15 strikeout, no walk outing on March 29th vs. South Florida State College. Not long after, he had himself a 13-strikout, no walk game.

Little started 15 games during his season, tossing 85.1 innings, going 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA, and striking out 133 with 33 walks.

Baseball America named him the second-best junior college player in the draft.

“Brendon Little is a physical left-handed pitcher who we feel is just tapping into his potential now, with a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s and what we believe to be one of the best curveballs in the Draft,” said, McLeod.

On Monday, the Cubs agreed to a $2.2 million bonus with Little which is below the slot.

Little throws a mid 90s fastball and arguably the best curveball in this year’s draft.

Alex Lange

Alex Lange is a graduate Lee’s Summitt West High School in Lee Summitt, Mo. He posted a 12-0 record and a 0.82 ERA in 2014 while collecting 114 strikeouts in 68.1 innings pitched. That was such a stellar season that it even earned him 2014 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year. Lange’s size and athletic ability helped him get noticed by Louisiana State University. Lange is quoted saying “the great coaching staff, fan base and the history of the program” as to why he chose LSU.

At LSU, Alex has been one of the top pitchers in college baseball since he showed up in Baton Rouge. He was a three starter for their program. His freshman year, Lange pitched 114 innings over 17 starts while going 12-0, striking out 131 batters, and posting a 1.97 ERA. A key to his freshman success was limiting opposing batters to a .212 and surrendering only 3 home runs.

Sophomore year, he pitched 111.2 innings over 17 starts, going 8-4 with a 3.79 ERA, and striking 125 (fourth-most in the league). Currently, Lange his fighting his way to the College World Series. He and his teammate find themselves within a game away from facing either Florida or TCU in the championship.

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