6/6 Cubs take Cease in 6th round
Dylan Cease may have an edge among the other Cubs’ picks in the First-Year Player Draft. He’s already pitched at Wrigley Field. Cease, whom the Cubs took in the sixth round Friday in the First-Year Player Draft, took part in the Under Armour showcase last August, which was held at Wrigley. The game showcases 36 of the best high school players in the country.
A starter at Milton High School in Georgia, Cease was one of the hardest throwing high school pitchers in the Draft class. However, this spring, he had an elbow injury — a partial tear of the UCL — that kept him off the mound since March. He chose not to have Tommy John surgery but the injury most likely made him available in the later rounds.
When healthy, Cease’s fastball was clocked at 91-95 mph, hitting 97 mph at times, according to MLB.com’s scouting report. At 6-foot 1-inch, 175 pounds, he generates velocity with his athleticism and arm speed.
Cease played with his twin brother, Alec, at Milton High School. He was recruited by Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and South Carolina, but has committed to Vanderbilt.
— Carrie Muskat