Chicago Cubs: Alex Lange is a potential future ace
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Able to handle the pressure
Keep in mind; he was a freshman playing in the SEC, which is considered the strongest conference in NCAA baseball. His coming-out party earned Lange SEC Freshman of the Year, National Freshman Pitcher of the Year, and First-Team All-American honors. Complete and utter dominance.
As a sophomore, Lange came back to planet Earth and went 8-4 with a 3.79 ERA through 112 innings. That’s still great coming from a sophomore playing against some of the best college teams in the nation. He did still manage to strike out 125. I don’t know whether or not to consider this an outlier year because of the sample size, but I’m going to write it off as an “off year” and continue the hype train.