Cubs select right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch in third round, pick No. 104, of 2016 First-Year Player Draft
The Cubs went with a pitcher with the first pick of the 2016 MLB Draft. The Cubs selected RHP Thomas Hatch from Oklahoma State in the third round. Hatch was Oklahoma State’s No. 1 starter and Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Hatch missed the 2015 season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow but it did not require surgery. Hatch came back strong this season and completed three games.
Hatch is 6-foot, 190 pounds, throws and bats right-handed and is a redshirt sophomore. Hatch is 21-years old (Sept. 29, 1994).
Hatch’s fastball sits in the 89-94 mph range and has topped out a 96 mph. Hatch is a groundball pitcher that does not miss a lot of bats. Hatch throws from a three-quarters arm slot with an above-average slider in low-80s. Hatch’s slider has been graded as a plus pitch and he can locate it to both sides of the plate.
Thomas Hatch projects as a back-of-a-rotation starter or middle-reliever according to Baseball America.