Forgotten Cubs first-rounders: Drew Hall – third overall in 1984
The Cubs took southpaw pitcher Drew Hall third overall in 1984 out of Morehead State University. Hall was an All-American and a member of the 1984 Olympic roster. He is certainly not the most obscure Cubs first-rounder, as he was one of the names involved in the Mitch Williams deal in 1988, along with Jamie Moyer and Rafael Palmeiro.
However, it is easy to forget he was drafted so high, especially considering who the Cubs drafted in the second round that year. He was also drafted ahead of Mark McGwire (10th).
For all the success he had in college, it just did not translate to the professional level. He made his debut on September 14, 1986. He gave up five earned runs in four innings and took a loss against the Pirates. He appeared in 45 games as a Cub from 1986-1988 and pitched to a 6.41 ERA, 4.32 FIP, 1.6 WHIP and 3.8 BB/9. After being traded, he had himself a solid season 1989 with the Rangers, pitching to a 3.70 ERA in 38 appearances. His final season in the majors was rough when he posted a 5.09 ERA and 1.4 WHIP in 42 appearances with the Expos.
From 1991-1994 he bounced around the Indians, Reds, Rangers, Pirates, Phillies and Tigers organizations but never made it back to The Show. He was done with professional baseball after that. Since then he was inducted into the Morehead State University Hall of Fame and has worked coaching in college.
Oh, and that second-round pick the Cubs had in 1984 was used on a pitcher named Greg Maddux. That worked out pretty well.
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There are plenty of other first-round picks that have come and gone in the Cubs organization, but these were a few that some might have not thought about in a while. Hopefully, their high draft picks in the coming future produces some good results.