MLB Draft: Cubs Select College LHP Jordan Wicks in First Round

Cubs draft college LHP Jordan Wicks with 21st overall pick originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs took the pitcher with Baseball America’s top-ranked changeup and third-rated command among college pitchers in the draft when they selected Kansas State left-hander Jordan Wicks.

Wicks, who also has a fastball in the low-to-mid-90s, was the 10th pitcher taken in the draft — seventh college pitcher.

“It’s a surreal moment.  It’s something you dream about,” Wicks said during the draft broadcast. “I just couldn’t be happier to be wearing blue and red, that’s for sure.”

He's the first Kansas State baseball player ever drafted in the first round.

It was the third time in four years the Cubs drafted outside the top 20 overall — but only the 12th time since the draft began in 1965.

One of those picks, 24th overall pick Nico Hoerner of Stanford in 2018, reached the majors a few months later and has been one of the Cubs’ better hitters when healthy this season.

The Cubs have had the 21st overall pick in one other draft: when they took Rutgers right-hander Bobby Brownlie in 2002.

Brownlie, who was drafted four spots behind Cole Hamels and four spots ahead of Matt Cain, never reached the majors.

What in recent years was a 40-round major-league draft was cut in 2020 to five because of the pandemic (and consequent cancelation of the minor-league season) before the new-normal of 20 rounds was instituted this season as part of an MLB player-development overhaul that involved significant minor-league contraction.

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