Chicago Cubs: D.J. Herz is a high schooler who could do big things

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Unbelievably, Herz forewent his verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina to sign with the Cubs. As the overall 252nd pick in the draft, Herz received $162,700. Major League Baseball’s Senior writer for MLB Pipeline gave praise to Herz’s ability to create ugly swings.

Herz is already on a bright path; it seems. Coming out of high school, Herz’ fastball was reaching in the mid-90s and had since then increased to 95 miles per hour with more ability to gain more speed. Herz also has a nasty slider, which he can work to all angles of the plate.

According to Perfect Game, Herz’ fastball nearly in the 99th-percentile of all high school arms in the 2019 draft class. The big question with Herz is his role moving forward. Now officially with the Cubs, Herz pitched in the rookie league this past year.

In 10 1/3 innings in his first professional baseball season, Herz posted a 2.61 ERA across his ten starts. The FIP and xFIP respectively were both too high for anyone’s liking. However, Herz did hold opposing hitters to a .261 average and did not allow a home run.

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Herz profiles as a starter, yet most rumblings in the Wrigleyverse is how Herz’ future role is of that in the bullpen. Concern exists on his longterm arm strength, which is why Herz may be more suitable as a reliever. That being said, Herz has shown the glimpses of a future star, and I hope the Cubs can make him one.