Chicago Cubs: Five realistic MLB draft day targets

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Chicago Cubs: Intrigue and mystery

One of the most exciting prospects is high school pitcher Nick Bitsko. In the last few months, Bitsko has moved up and down draft boards. Currently, Baseball America’s latest mock draft has the young righty going in the top ten, to the San Diego Padres.

The Central Bucks East High School junior posted a career 1.27 ERA between two varsity seasons. In the same boat as Abel, Bitsko’s junior season was suspended due to the novel coronavirus. It also makes scouting Bitsko difficult.

Last season in just 23 2/3 innings, Bitsko walked only seven while recording 46 strikeouts. He also did not allow a single ball to fly over the wall. At 6’3″, 225 pounds Bitsko possesses the perfect frame to be a dominant arm.

His fastball sits around 90-94 mph. However, he has been able to run it up to 98. Bitsko also has an excellent breaking ball with a curveball that breaks deep and sits 78-80 mph and changeup between 82-84 mph. It will be interesting to see if Bitsko can climb into the top ten or fall somewhere in the middle of the round. If there is a prep pitcher, the Cubs should take a chance on its Bitsko.