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

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5. Nolan Letzgus, RHP (Heritage High School)

The Chicago Cubs found themselves a power pitcher prospect in Nolan Letzgus who was taken in the 34th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. The senior from Heritage High School has a commitment to play collegiate baseball at Tennessee in the fall, so it will be interesting to see if he ends up signing.

If he does, the Cubs could have a much-needed power pitcher on their hands. Letzgus already throws 94 mph and projects to throw even harder as he matures. He currently stands at 6-0, and 170 pounds but will add some weight as he gets stronger.

He played both the infield and starting pitcher in high school, which is not uncommon. In his 2017-2018 junior season, Letzgus made just 5 appearances and tossed 6.1 innings with 12 strikeouts to just 3 walks and allowed 1 earned run. This past season was his first as a full-time member of Heritage’s rotation.

He tossed 45.0 innings and struck out 75 batters while finishing with a 5-1 record to the tune of a 0.46 ERA. For what it’s worth, the kid can also rake. Letzgus batted 0.420 with 4 home runs, 28 RBI’s and 11 doubles this year.

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His fastball velocity is in the 99.5 percentile for this high school class as the average is around 82 mph. He projects to stick as a pitcher whether he signs with the Cubs or honors his commitment to Tennessee, so he will be a guy to keep an eye on.