Cubs sign three pitchers from 2020 Draft
|Thursday, June 25, 2020, 2:34 PM-|
CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today announced they have signed three of their selections in the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including left-handed pitcher Burl Carraway out of Dallas Baptist University (second round), left-handed pitcher Luke Little out of San Jacinto College North (fourth round) and right-handed pitcher Koen Moreno out of Panther Creek (N.C.) High School (fifth round).
The signing of shortstop Ed Howard out of Mount Carmel High School (first round) was previously announced on Monday. Carraway, 21, went 6-2 with 11 saves and a 2.47 ERA (14 ER/51.0 IP) in his final two seasons at Dallas Baptist, including eight appearances in his shortened 2020 junior campaign. He struck out 89 batters, while walking 28, in 51.0 innings during this span.
The signing of shortstop Ed Howard out of Mount Carmel High School (first round) was previously announced on Monday.
Carraway, 21, went 6-2 with 11 saves and a 2.47 ERA (14 ER/51.0 IP) in his final two seasons at Dallas Baptist, including eight appearances in his shortened 2020 junior campaign. He struck out 89 batters, while walking 28, in 51.0 innings during this span.
The six-foot southpaw was named First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference as a sophomore in 2019, going 4-2 with a 2.81 ERA and a team-high six saves. He struck out 15.72 batters per nine innings, the second-best single-season mark in school history. Following the collegiate season, he pitched with the U.S. Collegiate National Team.
A native of College Station, Texas, Carraway graduated from A&M Consolidated High School where he was a three-time All-District selection.
Little, 19, struck out 86 batters, while walking 39, in 44.1 innings in two seasons at San Jacinto. In 2019, the six-foot, eight-inch southpaw went 3-1 with two saves and a 2.04 ERA in 35.1 innings, striking out 69 batters.
A native of Matthews, N.C., Little graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C., where he was a 2018 Perfect Game pre-season All-American.
It’s official! @Luke_L23 is now a member of @Cubs organization. A dream come true. God is great! We want to thank everyone who has helped him along the way. But, this is only the beginning. There’s more work to do and he’s ready! Go Cubs! @OctagonBaseball pic.twitter.com/ELZJFUHsdW— Billie Little (@beohj) June 26, 2020
Moreno, 18, posted five wins and a 1.62 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 47.2 innings of work as a high school junior in 2019. The right-handed pitcher is a native of Cary, N.C.
Here is a look at Chicago’s selections from the 2020 First-Year Player Draft, with the players currently having signed in bold:
Rd. (Pick) Player Pos. School Birthday B T Ht. Wt.
1 (16) Ed Howard SS Mount Carmel High School (Ill.) 8/6/01 R R 6-2 185
2 (51) Burl Carraway LHP Dallas Baptist University (Texas) 5/27/99 L L 6-0 173
3 (88) Jordan Nwogu OF University of Michigan 3/10/99 R R 6-3 235
4 (117) Luke Little LHP San Jacinto College North (Texas) 8/30/00 L L 6-8 225
5 (147) Koen Moreno RHP Panther Creek High School (N.C.) 8/1/01 R R 6-2 170