Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Cubs Draft High School Stud

Here's what Baseball Prospectus had to say about the Cubs 1st Round Draft Pick Mark Pawelek.

"Scott Boras made me get my braces off before the draft."

With their first pick in the 2005 amateur draft the Cubs selected high school LHP Mark Pawelek of Springville, Utah. Pawelek is a 6'3", 190-lb. starter who was ranked by numerous draft authorities as the number-one high school pitcher in the country. In 63 innings of work his senior year Pawelek didn't allow a single earned run and notched 132 strikeouts (18.6 K per nine IP!)--in his four years of high school he shattered the state strikeout record with a grand total of 476 Ks. Pawelek works with a mid-to-low 90s fastball that he locates superbly, a strong curve, a change-up, a hard slider, and an occasional split-finger fastball.
Pawelek was advised in the draft by Scott Boras, who often advises high-school draftees to use extended hold-outs to increase their leverage in contract negotiations. Thus it was a surprise yesterday when in their third-round selection the Cubs announced that Pawelek had already agreed to a contract for an undisclosed amount. He should begin the year in rookie ball but with his superb command and electric stuff it's not impossible to picture him moving as high as Single-A ball this year.

I case you missed it that's 18.6 K per nine innings pitched!-No misprint.. This means if he only strikes out 2 batters in an inning, it brings down his average. That is absurd.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. that's insane.

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