Ranking the Chicago Cubs first round draft picks since 2013

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8. RHP Alex Lange 2017

Following the 2016 World Series campaign, the Cubs used the 30th overall pick to select Alex Lange, a right-handed pitcher out of Louisiana State University. Once one of the Cubs' top 5 prospects, Lange played in their system for a season and a half before getting traded to the Tigers in exchange for Nick Castellanos.

Lange's entry on this list is more so a testament to his trade return, Castellanos, who went on a tear after getting traded to the Cubs. However, he had a good inaugural season in 2018, tossing 120 innings with a 3.74 ERA. Now at 26, Lange has found his footing in the Majors after making 71 appearances for Detroit in 2022 with a 3.41 ERA.