Cubs Draft: Steven Hajjar, LHP, Michigan
The last name on this initial draft talent list is the University of Michigan left-hander, Steven Hajjar. As the first name on this list, Hajjar is a big frame with a lot of power. Standing at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Hajjar packs punch with a multitude of pitches.
His slider and changeup have taken time to develop, but through their early stages, Hajjar has been able to continue to make them a focal point for his growth. He sits in the low-90’s with his fastball, and the two off-speed pitches sit anywhere between the high-70’s and low-80’s.
Hajjar just turned 20 years old after redshirting during his freshman season. This year, Hajjar turned in a 2.70 ERA over four quality starts in his first year, which he struck out 24 over 20 innings.
For Hajjar, a college season in 2021 will be crucial to his draft selection and whether teams will give in to his small sample size of college success. It is not every day you come across a lefty with his size, and in the right setting, he could be a steal.
Prospects Live recently conducted their first ‘mock’ for the 2021 draft, and writer Joe Doyle has Hajjar mocked to the Cubs as a guy who can utilize his strength for the environment. Hajjar will be someone to keep tabs on as we move into the beginning parts of next year.