Chicago Cubs: Several pitchers working their way up in the minors
Alex Lange – RHP
If you follow NCAA baseball at all, you are probably well aware of the name Alex Lange. The three-year starter at LSU took them to the College World Series twice before the Cubs took him with the 30th pick in the 2017 draft.
While the Cubs might covet hard throwers, Lange goes against that–and it might get him through the system even quicker. While some feel his control–or lack thereof–might leave him best suited for the bullpen, the Cubs see him as a middle of the rotation guy.
His curveball is his “go-to” pitch, and when he’s on, he will use it often. The only downside is when he loses touch with it, it can cause him to be wild. You may also remember the questions surrounding him and his physical with the Cubs.
While there were questions about what the Cubs might have found, he ended up signing–but for under the slot bonus. Lange pitched often in 2017 for the Tigers, and the Cubs got a very brief look at him last season as he threw just 9 1/3 innings. The Cubs hope to get a good look at him this year.