Early test draft featured Chicago Cubs hand-throwing top high schools

For several years, Chicago Cubs accustomed to picking the top high school or college in the MLB Draft, with pitches mentioned in the agency and/or free deals. As a result, the Cubs have scrambled over the past few seasons to retool their ranch system with touted prospects.

Now in rebuilding mode, Chicago has seen a lot of staffing changes both on the Major League roster and in the main office.

But the problem persists – what are the top advertising drivers in this organization?

If the season starts today, the Cubs will maybe looking at a wheel consists of:

first. Kyle Hendricks

2. Adbert Alzolay

3. Justin Steele

4. Keegan Thompson

5. Cory Abbott

There isn’t exactly much to be excited about, especially considering the Cubs’ rotation finished with the fourth-worst ERA (5.27) among pitchers starting in 2021.

Jed Hoyer, President of Baseball Operations, has made it clear that this season’s number one priority is adding powerful weapons, as the outlook rankings don’t offer much excitement for the future.

Lefthander Brailyn Marquez is the only lead in the organization currently ranked (86th) in the MLB Pipeline Top 100 Leads.

Needless to say, Hoyer and the Cubs scouting department would be wise to pick a pitcher with a seventh overall pick in the 2022 MLB.

Live Outlook released its first draft of the new year earlier this month, with starting pitcher Dylan Lesko moving up the charts in 7th place.

Dylan Lesko will be the first high school pitcher the Chicago Cubs have picked in the first round since Paul Blackburn in 2012.

Lesko hails from Buford, Georgia and was recognized as the 2020-21 Georgia Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound right hand scored an unimaginable 11-0 record with an ERA of 0.35 and 112 shots in just 60 innings.

Vanderbilt’s commitment also holds the opposition leaders with an average of 0.126 batting and 0.68 WHIP.

What are these PrepBaseballReport had to talk about great rights:

“Lesko has enough room to fill his powerful pitcher frame. He has a quick tackle through the 3/4 high with the ball going out easily. The fast ball is 94-95 with late finish action and some sinks. His curve has very good power and spin at 80-83, showing a tough, sharp finish and late finish with good biting power. He also has very good feel with an 81-82 throw thrown with good hand speed and a hard sink. Many of the things that he throws plus the bottom is removed. Lesko is physically fit and has the ability to repeat serves, hitting shots with all his throws.”

Other scouting reports have noted that Lesko can hit 97 MPH on the fast ball with ease, which is impressive for a middle school student.

He took part in the annual Perfect Game All-American Class at Petco Park last summer, starting the game wrong for Team East. Lesko threw a dominant first half, needing just 12 throws to save one side while hitting two hitters and holding Team West unsuccessfully.

Beyond organizational need, Lesko also makes sense for the Cubs with a seventh overall pick. The new Cubs general manager, Carter Hawkins is a Vanderbilt graduate, and Commodores was once a baseball factory, especially for MLB beginner pitchers.

Since 2007, Vanderbilt has seen 14 starting pitchers selected in the first round, with David Price, Sonny Gray, Walker Buehler, Kyle Wright, and Jack Leiter among the notable names.

Without the injury, Lesko should only get better as he continues to develop and refine his pitches. Early test draft featured Chicago Cubs hand-throwing top high schools


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