clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Alex Lange Drafted By Cubs In 1st Round Of MLB Draft

LSU’s ace is bound for the Friendly Confines.

Bridgette Hogan/LSU Athletics

With the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft, the defending World Champions Chicago Cubs have drafted LSU right handed starting pitcher Alex Lange. The pick is valued at over two million dollars and it is widely expected that Lange will not be returning to LSU for his senior season.

In 2017 Lange was a second-team All American and first team All-SEC, posting a 2.92 ERA in 110 innings pitched, posting a 3.35 K/BB (134/40), passing Ben McDonald for second on the list of LSU career strikeout leaders. This year he has been hit harder than usual, allowing batters to a .233 batting average against. The Cubs are hoping they get a mix of 2017 Lange’s competitive spirit with 2015 Lange’s pitching when as a freshman he carried a 1.97 ERA all the way to Omaha with 114 innings pitched with a 2.85 K/BB (131/46) and held opposing batters to just a .212 BAA.

As of right now, there is a spot for Lange behind the Cubs’ main three of Lester-Arrieta-Lackey in the rotation, but many have hinted that Lange’s power and competitive nature may lead to greater success in the bullpen either as a late-inning pitcher or a long reliever. However, one of Lange’s greatest assets is that as a starting pitcher he can eat innings with ease and relieve pressure on the bullpen in high leverage situations.

In order to take the next step and succeed at the next level, he will have to really develop a plus third pitch. While is curveball is one of the most devastating pitch in the draft, batters have shown that if they sit dead red on it they can still spoil it.