Ranking the Chicago Cubs first round draft picks since 2013
5. LHP Jordan Wicks 2021
One of the better draft acquisitions for the Cubs in recent years is lefty Jordan Wicks (Cubs no. 6 prospect). Taken 21st overall, Wicks draws similar comparisons to Jon Lester with his simple delivery and ability to attack hitters on both sides with accuracy. The main weapon in the 23-year-old's arsenal is his changeup, which stays in the low 80s and is supplemented by a low to mid-90s fastball. A curveball, slider, and occasional sinker rounds out his repertoire, and Wick's ability to use all 5 pitches gives him a high ceiling as a potential big-league starter. Last year he got as high as Double-A Tennessee with 24 starts on the year with an impressive 121 strikeouts in 94 innings. Wicks will almost certainly make it to Iowa at some point this summer, where he will be vying for a big league call-up.