The Chicago Cubs drafted a high school pitcher out of North Carolina this year by the name of Davidjohn Herz. He could be a strong fit for the future.
As I have probably mentioned before, one of my favorite things to do on an almost daily basis is to scour the depths of past drafts and, more importantly, the late to late-late round picks who made a career out of the game. That, or at least contributed in some manner.
There have been some guys who had been nearly written off before a club took a chance. Heck, Mike Trout was passed over by 24 teams, including the Los Angeles Angels before they rectified their mistake. You know what they say: you don’t make the same mistake twice. Good job, Angels. The rest of baseball hates you. I am joking.
There has been an exceptional amount of late-round talent. This past year the Chicago Cubs selected a high school pitcher in the eighth round. Now I know what you are thinking, “the eighth round is not that bad.” Well, in baseball terms, that is what you call a diamond in the rough, which is what the Cubs could have found in starting pitcher Davidjohn Herz.