Cubs selected RHP Cory Abbott in second round (67th overall) in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft
The Cubs completed the first day of the MLB Draft by selecting the third pitcher with as many picks.
The Cubs made three selections in the opening rounds of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The team selected left-handed pitcher Brendon Little out of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in Bradenton, Fla., with the 27th overall pick and right-handed pitcher Alex Lange out of Louisiana State University with the 30th overall pick.
In the second round, Chicago selected right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott out of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Cory Abbott, 21, was named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and is a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award presented by the College Baseball Foundation after going 11-2 with two complete game shutouts and a 1.74 ERA (19 earned runs in 98 1/3 innings) in 15 starts for the Lions this season. He struck out 130 batters in 98 1/3 innings, good for an average of 11.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, while walking just 28 and holding the opponent to a .173 average in his junior season.
He tossed the first perfect game in school history, March 25 versus BYU, and was named first team All-American according to both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball while helping the university to its first WCC Championship since 2000. In three seasons with Loyola Marymount, Abbott has gone 17-8 with a 2.69 ERA (65 earned runs in 217 2/3 innings) in 56 games, including 28 starts. He has struck out 196 batters, walked 60 and held the opposition to a .218 average.
The six-foot, two-inch 210-pound Abbott graduated from Serra High School in San Diego.