6/6 Cubs take Mizzou LHP in 2nd round

The Cubs took a step in improving the pitching in the system by selecting Missouri left-hander Rob Zastryzny in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. Zastryzny, the 41st player taken overall, compiled a 3.38 ERA in 13 starts, striking out 82 over 90 2/3 innings with the Tigers. He was 2-9, but Missouri averaged 2.5 runs per start.

He ranks eighth all-time in Missouri history with 228 strikeouts. The lefty notched a complete game shutout against Georgia, one of three times he went the distance. In SEC play, he struck out 58 over 62 innings. In 2012, the Canadian was the Tigers top starter, and his outings included a 12-strikeout game against Oklahoma State. He was a star in high school, compiling a 26-4 record, 0.71 ERA and 299 strikeouts for Calallen High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. In his senior season, he went 17-1.

Last year, the Cubs selected high school outfielder Albert Almora in the first round, and then took pitchers with the next seven picks. This year, they tabbed San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant with the No. 2 overall pick, and may now turn their attention to pitching over the next two days in the Draft.

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I can’t understand the logic behind taking a pitcher who was ranked 76TH, with the choice # 41 on the second round. There were several lefthanders ranked higher then Zastryzny available. Bryant on the first round? a good pick, but can’t understand Theo’s second pick. Hope I’m proved wrong for being skeptical. Only time will tell.

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