Chicago Cubs: Burl Carraway has been added to 60-man pool

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The Chicago Cubs’ Burl Carraway has been added to the 60-man roster in South Bend. Carraway to the Cubs? It’s possible.

The Chicago Cubs sent Burl Carraway to the 60-man roster for the South Bend Cubs. Is it surprising they did that with a second-round pick? You better believe it. A reliever who can pitch an inning or two, who can throw gas? A 21-year old with the capability to throw an upper-90s fastball with a curve. Hook. Line and sinker–or curve. Either way. Back to the point.

Carraway was taken with the 51st pick in the draft. Cubs’ scouting director Dan Kantrovitz referred to him as a ‘fast mover.’ To add to that? He totaled 9 1/3 innings before the coronavirus shut down the college season. Jim Callis of said he was in the mix.

"“He was the best relief pitching prospect in the draft,” Callis said. “In terms of pure stuff standpoint, he might be the best lefty reliever the Cubs have right now.” h/t Gordon Wittenmyer, NBC Sports Chicago"

In 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic, he was 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA with five saves. Although his junior year was cut short, the Cubs’ answered the call and drafted him. Now he sits with a chance to make the big leagues in his first season. Pretty amazing, am I right?

It’s been a tough year, especially with the student-athletes. I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe the baseball program will be shut down. Or perhaps a multisport athlete may be missing one? At Stanford, they cut men’s volleyball, wrestling, field hockey and men’s and women’s fencing, as well as six programs that are not NCAA-sponsored championship sports. Either way, Carraway made the right move.

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Carraway may be what the doctor ordered for the drought. A 21-year old lefthander who throws smoke and above-average curveball. And then a slider that averages 85-88 MPH? My goodness. Still, he’s young. 21. He got plenty of time.