Saturday, December 3, 2022

Cubs Fans Are Freaking Out About Surprise 7th Overall Pick Cade Horton

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Well, the Chicago Cubs had the board break their way with the shocking third overall pick of Kumar Rocker to the Rangers, but the Cubs had a bigger surprise taking right-handed pitcher Cade Horton with the 7th overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft.



Horton, 20, pitched at Oklahoma and was impressive during the College World Series.

Yet, fans and some in the baseball industry were shocked by the selection of Horton. He had Tommy John surgery and hasn’t pitched many innings in college. His overall numbers do not look pretty at a glance.

The Cubs had the opportunity to draft highly ranked bats in Brooks Lee, Cam Collier, Kevin Parada or Zach Neto. Instead, for the second consecutive year the Cubs went with a college pitcher.

 

For the Cubs, you have to assume that they believe Horton’s performance near the end of his 2022 season is the pitcher he will be rather than the numbers he put up during the regular season.

Again, Horton missed 2021 because of Tommy John surgery, so he was seeing his first action in a while to begin the 2022 season at Oklahoma.

In the College World Series, Horton posted incredible spin rates on his fastball and slider.

You also have to imagine that the Cubs love Horton’s potential now that he’ll only focus on being a pitcher. Horton also played shortstop and third base at Oklahoma. Oh and he originally signed with Oklahoma as a two-sport athlete, baseball and quarterback for the Sooners’ football team.

So, Cubs fans, what do you think of Cade Horton with the 7th pick?

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Tuan
Tuan
Jul 18, 2022 11:30 am

Anyone who knows baseball knows that a first round pick guarantee’s nothing. Unlike in other sports where there’s a higher chance of them becoming stars or contributors, in MLB it’s a crap shoot. You take a swing and hope for the best.

Izzo-p
Izzo-p
Jul 17, 2022 10:21 pm

First and foremost, you can never have enough quality pitchers. For a farm system that has been brutally criticized for the lack of pitching, this is the type of swing you take when you have the possibility for a future front-line prospect. Love the pick!

Fire Hoyer & Hawkins
Fire Hoyer & Hawkins
Jul 17, 2022 8:54 pm

Take a pick to save $ who underperformed in college and was impressive for 5 total starts, #ThatsCub

Husky Howie
Husky Howie
Jul 17, 2022 8:39 pm

What the cubs don’t have is a true #1 starter, if this is that guy then go for it.

Tory Horton
Tory Horton
Jul 17, 2022 8:34 pm

YES! YES! YES!!! I was actually asking for this! There’s no reason to not take the gamble on this kind of talent. Eff those rankings!!!

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