It’s Day 2 of the MLB Draft and with the 51st overall pick the Cubs selected left-handed pitcher Burl Carraway in the second round out of Dallas Baptist.
The 6-foot lefty was the top rated reliever in this year’s draft class by Baseball America. He has two plus pitches, throwing in the high 90s that’s paired with a devastating curveball.
Don’t think of Carraway as possibly working himself up as a starting pitcher. Yet, the potential is there for the hard-throwing lefty to become a closer in the future with his two great pitches. He needs to work on his command, but the 21-year-old could be ready to pitch in the majors as soon as this year.
That sounds amazing, but maybe we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves here. The strike-throwing has to improve and it’s just been a wonky year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Going from some college games to no baseball for an extended period of time to facing MLB hitters? But again, it has been a weird year, so we’ll see how things shape up for the Cubs and around the league. It does appear though that if this was a normal season, then Carraway would be primed to go into the Cubs’ bullpen in the second half of the year.
Regardless, Carraway has certainly done everything possible to stay ready.