MLB Draft: Cubs add top college talent on Day 2
After selecting hometown star Ed Howard in the 1st round Wednesday night, the Cubs went south and drafted left-handed pitcher Burl Carraway with their 2nd round pick (No. 51 overall) Thursday.
Carraway is a product of Dallas Baptist University, which plays in the Missouri Valley Conference that also features Illinois State University, Southern Illinois and Bradley, among other programs in the Midwest region.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, he turned 21 in late May and 2020 represented his junior season, though he only appeared in 8 games before the shutdown.
Carraway posted a 0.96 ERA this spring, striking out a whopping 17 batters in 9.1 innings. He has worked almost exclusively as a reliever in his collegiate career, making only 1 start (in 2019).
Last year, he was 4-2 with a 2.81 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 15.6 K/9 (72 whiffs in 41.2 innings).
The College Station, Texas, native features mostly a fastball-curveball arsenal and his heater has typically sits in the mid-90s, but he can touch 100 mph.
2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist went to Dallas Baptist University for his senior season.
3rd round (88th overall): OF Jordan Nwogu, University of Michigan
Built like a linebacker (6-foot-3, 235 pounds), the 21-year-old Nwogu hit 20 home runs over his career at Michigan (125 games). He slashed .334/.430/.545 (.976 OPS) over that span, including a .353 average and .845 OPS in 15 games this spring before the shutdown.
Nwogu also stole 30 bases and served as Michigan’s leadoff hitter the last couple seasons:
The Ann Arbor, Michigan, native hits and throws right handed.
4th round (117th overall): LHP Luke Little, San Jacinto College North
Little is a beast — listed at 6-foot-8, 240 pounds. Oh, and he can dial it up to 105 mph:
Luke Little, Bullpen (T105mph). 🤯 pic.twitter.com/euQj3H2Vpl— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 12, 2020
That video was recorded last month and he doesn’t turn 20 until August.
Fun fact: The only player listed as taller than Little in the big leagues last year was current Cubs reliever Brad Wieck (who is listed at 6-foot-9).
For San Jacinto-North in 2019, he went 3-1 with 2 saves, a 2.04 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 35.1 innings.
In the Northwoods League last summer, Little made 11 relief appearances and struck out 22 batters in 12.1 innings, but he also walked 11 batters.
He is currently committed to the University of South Carolina after spending the last two years at the same Texas junior college that produced Roger Clemens.
5th round, 147th overall: RHP Koen Moreno, Panther Creek High School
Listed at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Moreno is an 18-year-old right-handed pitcher out of North Carolina.
He also played outfield and shortstop for Panther Creek High School and can reach 93 mph with his fastball, according to Perfect Game’s website.
He is currently committed to East Carolina University.