Cubs: Here are the five Chicago Cubs 2020 Draftees

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Chicago Cubs: Kershaw is not a bad guy to be getting pitching advice from

In the second round, the Cubs went a completely different route than the first, selecting Burl Carraway with the 51st pick of the draft. From all accounts, Carraway is a possible steal at that position in the draft. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s already getting tips on throwing sliders from none other than Clayton Kershaw.

A hard-throwing left-hander, Carraway had one of the highest-rated fastballs amongst pitchers in the draft (3rd among college guys) and has a nasty curveball to complement it. He is only 6 feet tall and has a bit of a strange delivery, so it bears watching whether or not he can repeat his delivery consistently with that max effort mid-to-upper 90’s heat while staying healthy.

By all accounts, between his upper 90’s fastball and ability to drop a crazy hammer, the 21-year-old Carraway could be on the fast track to a Cubs uniform. While some have speculated that could come this year depending on what happens with the schedule and minor leagues, it’s most likely we could see him in 2021. As with Howard and many of the other top draft picks of the Epstein/Hoyer era in Chicago, Carraway is a character guy who is also a baseball rat and loves the game.