With the 16th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs have selected Ed Howard, a shortstop of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago.
In his high school career, Howard slashed .396/.478/.625 across two seasons*. His senior year was cut short due to COVID-19, but he was terrorizing pitchers to the tune of .419/.495/.732, earning him the Gatorade Illinois Baseball Player of the Year for 2020.
Howard also played on the 2014 Jackie Robinson West Little League World Series team, where he slashed a less impressive .154/.267/.385. He also made one appearance out of the ‘pen, closing out the US championship game and ending it in style, inducing and starting the game-ending double play.
The Cubs have a history of hitting on their 1st round positional players, it would be a welcome scene for Cubs if the local slugger were to keep that trend alive.