Chicago Cubs: Potential options in the upcoming MLB Amateur Draft

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JJ Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch High School

A lanky right-handed starting pitcher from Cypress, Texas, JJ Goss has some serious talent with multiple strong pitches. Standing at 6-foot-3,185 pounds, Goss effortlessly shows off his strength through both his windup as well as in the stretch.

Of his pitches, his slider may be his best pitch. He can generate a lot of movement with it and displays an above-average affinity for strikes when it is utilized. His fastball has touched upwards of 96 MPH, falling in line with the 99th-percentile, according to Perfect Game. Playing at the 2018 Perfect Game All-American Classic last August, the right-hander sat at 94 MPH with his fastball.

Goss also throws a wicked changeup, described with similar movement to his sinking fastball. His changeup sits in the mid-’80s which, with movement can be a devastating pitch if harnessed well enough. Goss currently has a verbal commitment to Texas A&M, so it remains to be seen if he will sign. Despite this reality, it may behoove the Cubs to take a shot on him still.

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