The Chicago Cubs produced a notable choice in the eighth spherical of Key League Baseball’s 2022 newbie draft on Monday, picking out appropriate-hander Mason McGwire from Capistrano Valley High School in California with pick No. 233.
Mason, for those pondering, is the son of longtime slugger Mark McGwire, who terrorized the Cubs for a selection of a long time as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The youthful McGwire is a 6-foot-4 pitcher who, according to Excellent Activity, has had his fastball clocked up to 92 mph whilst showcasing an “remarkable” splitter. The Cubs are presumably banking on McGwire adding additional velocity as he matures and fills out physically. They’ll have to sign him absent from an Oklahoma dedication.
The elder McGwire, by the way, homered 583 instances and posted a 163 OPS+ more than the course of a 16-calendar year huge-league occupation that saw him also accommodate up for the Oakland Athletics. He manufactured 12 All-Star Games and at 1 level served as the all-time solitary-season dwelling-operate king soon after launching 70 through the 1998 campaign.
This draft has been complete of legacy players, which include at the top. The Baltimore Orioles selected Jackson Holliday, the son of Matt Holliday the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Druw Jones, the son of Andruw Jones and the Philadelphia Phillies picked Justin Crawford, the son of Carl Crawford. Also, the son of Lou Collier, Cam, was picked in the very first spherical, whilst Robert, the son of Kansas City Royals government Dayton Moore, was picked later in the draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cubs have made a behavior out of deciding upon pitchers in this draft. Eight of their first nine options have been arms, which include the two very first-spherical select Cade Horton (from Oklahoma, fittingly) and next-rounder Jackson Ferris, a prep lefty from IMG Academy.