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Cubs Select Burl Carraway with 51st Overall Pick in MLB Draft

The Cubs selected the LHP from Dallas Baptist University.

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With the 51st pick of the MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs have selected left handed pitcher Burl Carraway out of Dallas Baptist University.

After taking hometown kid Ed Howard with the 16th overall pick Wednesday, the very few critics wondered why the Chicago Cubs hadn’t taken a pitcher. Those critics were silenced after the Cubs selected the southpaw Carraway.

Listed at No. 49 on MLB’s top draft prospects list, Carraway comes in at 6’0″, 173 pounds.

In a shortened season in 2020, the junior Carraway had a 0.96 ERA in eight appearances, including five saves. In 9.1 innings pitched he had 17 strikeouts and just six walks. In a full sophomore season in 2019, Carraway pitched 41.2 innings, opponents batted .195 against him and he struck out 72 hitters in his 28 appearances.

Draft analyst Kyle Peterson said Carraway could be on the Cubs roster as soon as next season.

I tell you what, if I’m Theo I’d start playing a piano right now because he got a guy who could be in his major league bullpen at the end of the year for me.”

“He’s going to be a bullpen guy, but it is a real upper 90s fastball and a real top to bottom curveball.”

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