Chicago Cubs: Revisiting the 2020 MLB Draft and the club’s direction

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Chicago Cubs: Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State University

The final guy who finds his name on this list is the switch-hitting catcher out of North Carolina State University, Patrick Bailey. A two-year star with the Wolfpack, Bailey has posted a .322/.429/.602 slash line through the two years.

In 2019, Bailey posted higher output in many offensive categories, including batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS. Bailey also carried a killer walk rate last year of 17.4 percent and a respectable strikeout rate of 10.4 percent.

His power dipped a bit in terms of the number of home runs hit, however, he still finished with a .273 ISO, nearly identical to his ISO number from the previous year. Bailey also did all of this in fewer games played. He appeared in just 30 games as opposed to his 54 from 2018.

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Bailey has supreme power and is one of the best hitters in the ACC. For the Cubs to be able to add to their catching depth to go with Miguel Amaya would be amazing. Let’s hope Bailey is available when the Cubs pick comes up in the first round.