LHP Brendon Little among 14 draft picks to sign with the Cubs
The Cubs announced Thursday the team has signed left-handed pitcher Brendon Little, the club’s top pick with the 27th overall selection in the first round of the draft. Terms of the deal were not officially announced. According to Jim Callis, Little signed a below slot ($2,373,300) deal for $2.2 million.
Overall, the Cubs have signed 14 selections to date (including Little): right-hander Cory Abbott (second round), right-hander Keegan Thompson (third round), right-hander Erich Uelmen (fourth round), left-hander Ricky Tyler Thomas (seventh round), infielder Austin Filiere (eighth round), outfielder Chris Carrier (ninth round), right-hander Brian Glowicki (10th round), right-hander Casey Ryan (18th round), right-hander Brendan King (20th round), right-hander Sean Barry (21st round), right-hander Mitch Stophel (25th round), right-hander Jake Steffens (29th round) and infielder Cam Balego (30th round).
Little, 20, averaged 14.03 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in his sophomore season with the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota in Bradenton, Fla., striking out 133 in 85 1/3 innings while walking just 33 batters. He went 5-3 in 15 starts with a 2.53 ERA (24 earned runs in 85 1/3 innings) and surrendered just 67 hits.
The six-foot, two-inch 215-pound Little had seven 10-strikeout games in 15 outings, including 15 strikeouts and no walks, March 29 versus South Florida State College. That outing began a three-start stretch in which he struck out 35 and walked just two in 20.0 innings from March 29-April 10. He later struck out 13 and walked none, April 21 against Polk State College.
Little is a graduate of Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa., and was the second-best junior college player available in this draft according to Baseball America.