The Chicago Cubs have not had much a left-handed pitching presence in their bullpen this season. Drew Smyly recently got moved to the bullpen, but otherwise it has been a combination of Brandon Hughes and Anthony Kay at various points. According to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register the Cubs are reportedly selecting the contract of their 25th ranked prospect Luke Little.
Left-handed reliever Luke Little is reportedly joining the Chicago Cubs big league roster.
Luke Little was drafted by Chicago in the fourth round of the 2020 MLB draft. He was the hardest throwing southpaw in that class in which at his best he could reach 102 MPH. Nowadays his fastball sits anywhere from the 93-97 MPH on a regular basis, but at 6’8″ tall his delivery provides a lot of extension and the baseball appears faster out of his hand.
Along with a plus fastball Luke Little also has a great slider that behaves more like a sweeper. He has experienced a ton of success this season in the minor leagues and had worked his way up to Triple-A. Overall he has tossed 63.2 innings, has a 2.12 ERA. has struck out 105 batters, and held opposing batters to a .179 batting average.
It’s easy to see why the Cubs would select his contract. He could provide an immediate boost to their bullpen in which they are in desperate need of left-handed relievers. If he pitches well over the next few weeks he could easily find himself on the post-season roster.
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