Chicago Cubs: Blake Whitney is an interesting case for South Bend

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In the 24th round of the 2018 draft, the Chicago Cubs selected Blake Whitney. Despite his college struggles, he’s making a compelling case in the minors.

Here is a baseball adage: Team has a late-round draft pick. The team feels weak in terms of overall pitching depth. Team drafts a pitcher. Pitcher becomes a reliever and is never heard from again. Okay, that may be a tad exaggerated. However, sometimes it feels right on point.

Thankfully for the Chicago Cubs, this is not necessarily the case for the future of Blake Whitney and what he hopes to accomplish while growing within the organizational pipeline. As the wind blows, Whitney is a compelling case and a name to keep an eye on in 2020.

The average built Whitney spent the time from his freshman year in college, up to his senior year, at USC-Upstate. From there, Whitney caught on with the Cubs as a mid-20th round selection. Standing at 6’3″, 185, Whitney has now been with the organization for a couple seasons and hoping he can take the next step forward in his development this season.