Chicago Cubs: 5 biggest steals on Day 3 of 2019 MLB draft

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2. Grayson Byrd, 2B/SS (Clemson)

The Chicago Cubs grabbed Byrd in the 24th round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Clemson University. Grayson Byrd had a solid sophomore season at Clemson slashing 0.284/0.345/0.344 with 1 home run and 20 RBI’s. He had a disappointing junior season but bounced back nicely in his final year in Death Valley.

This year, Byrd slashed 0.316/0.394/0.588 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI’s. He also improved his strikeout ratio from 3:1 in his sophomore season to less than 2:1 in his senior year. Byrd doesn’t project to be a threat for stolen bases but there’s a lot to like in that bat. His junior year was derailed by a torn quad muscle, which is why his average dipped the way it did.

"“The doctor said, ‘Hey, it’s a Grade 3 tear. You’re not going to hurt yourself by playing. It’s just pain tolerance. I told Monte that and he said, ‘Whatever you wanna do,” Grayson said. “I said, ‘I’m going to play.’ I was taped up for every game. I would hit a ball and hobble over to first. It was tough.” –"

He was recently named a third-team All-American and first-team All-ACC for his efforts in his final year at Clemson. Byrd originally followed in his father’s footsteps at LSU but wanted to create his own path.

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As far where he might fit in on a roster, he plays both middle infield positions and first base which allows for some flexibility to get that bat into a lineup.