The Chicago Cubs are hoping former University of Louisville closer Michael McAvene can turn into something special – and perhaps anchor a bullpen.
Not much is yet known regarding the Chicago Cubs 2019 draft class. Thus far, one of the biggest takeaways is pretty clear: the organization decided to load up on pitching. Theo Epstein selected pitchers with seven of their first 10 selections in the June draft.
In an attempt to continue building their arms for the future, the strategy became apparent for Epstein and company. Michael McAvene is currently ranked as the club’s number 25 overall prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He could climb quickly through the minor league ranks if he can continue to accomplish the type of line he produced in his final year at Louisville.
The Cubs seem to like the makeup of Louisville pitchers. Current South Bend Cubs starting pitcher Riley Thompson is having a great season and shares a connection with McAvene. The two were teammates at Louisville in 2018. Nobody knows what the future holds, but if McAvene can turn into the type of arm the Cubs hope for, the two could one day share the same digs on the biggest stage of them all.