Cubs select RHP with #104th overall pick in MLB Draft


by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Cubs did not have a pick until the third round and they decided to go with pitching instead of their past trends of positional players early in the draft.

The Cubs selected redshirt-sophomore righty Tom Hatch from Oklahoma State with the #104th overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Hatch went 7-2 with a 2.16 ERA with 102 strikeouts in 16 starts and was named the Big 12 Player of the Year after the season.

One durability concern is that he missed the entire 2015 season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament.

"The impressive thing for Thomas, I mean he had to change his delivery and change his arm slot to do some things to free his arm up so it would stay healthy and he wasn't muscling the ball and those types of things," Oklahoma State pitching coach Rob Walton told Baseball America earlier this month. "He deserves a lot of credit for maintaining that new delivery for the first time."

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