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Cubs' Prospect Luke Little Promoted to High-A South Bend

After being named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July, Luke Little receives another nod of approval.
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The minor league promotions continue. Today, the Chicago Cubs promoted left-handed pitcher Luke Little from Low-A Myrtle Beach to High-A South Bend. The Cubs named Little their Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July after he posted a 1.15 ERA in five starts for the Pelicans.

Little has been pitching big all season. The 2020 fourth-round draft pick has a 2.91 ERA in 52.2 innings for the Pelicans this season. His 13.6% walk rate is less than ideal, but it hasn’t hurt him so far, mainly because of his stellar 35.7% strikeout rate and .187 batting average against.

Further proving his dominance this year, Little has the third lowest groundball rate (56.5 %) in the Chicago Cubs’ farm system among pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched. Also, he’s the only pitcher in their system with that many innings pitched who has yet to allow a home run.

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Luke Little was well-deserving of a promotion. Right-handed pitcher Grant Kipp was added to the Pelicans roster. Kipp was an undrafted free agent signing out of Yale University. He pitched two scoreless innings with the ACL Cubs this year.