Earlier this week, the Cubs announced the signing of their No. 1 Draft pick of 2020, Ed Howard from Mt. Carmel High School.
Today, the team announced that the three pitchers selected in this year’s MLB Draft were signed, so please welcome to the Cubs family left-handed pitcher Burl Carraway out of Dallas Baptist University (second round), left-handed pitcher Luke Little out of San Jacinto College North (fourth round) and right-handed pitcher Koen Moreno out of Panther Creek (N.C.) High School (fifth round).
It’s been said by some draft analysts that Carraway is the closest to being a MLB pitcher. He went 6-2 with 11 saves and a 2.47 ERA (14 earned runs in 51 innings) in his final two seasons at Dallas Baptist, including eight appearances in his shortened 2020 junior campaign. He struck out 89 batters, while walking 28 during this span.
He was First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference as a sophomore in 2019, and following the collegiate season, he pitched with the U.S. Collegiate National Team.
Now that Carraway has signed, it’s entirely possible that he winds up on the “taxi squad” in South Bend (the location isn’t official yet, but it likely will be soon) because the Cubs will want him to get some work in, even if it’s just in intrasquad games. If he shows well enough, he could even wind up with some MLB innings this year, if they play.
I just want to note that “Burl Carraway” is a fantastic baseball name. He sounds like one of those 1930s movie matinee idols, or maybe a 1950s folk singer.
The Cubs’ only remaining unsigned draft pick from this year is third-round choice Jordan Nwogu, an outfielder from the University of Michigan.