#Cubs Draft pick Hatch starts in CWS
The Cubs will be keeping an eye on the College World Series Saturday as pitcher Thomas Hatch gets the start for Oklahoma State against UC Santa Barbara in Omaha. Hatch, the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year, was the Cubs’ third round pick in the MLB Draft, and his teammate, pitcher Trey Cobb, was selected by Chicago in the 12th round.
Hatch missed the 2015 season because of a sprained UCL but was Oklahoma State’s Friday night starter this year. He went 8-2 with a 2.04 ERA, and threw three complete games. He worked at least six innings in 14 of his 17 starts. In Big 12 games, he was 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA and threw two shutouts in eight starts.
He did not give up an earned run over 38 2/3 consecutive innings. Hatch also finished the season with 102 strikeouts, and is the 13th pitcher in OSU history to record 100 Ks in a season.
In 2015, Cobb led the Cowboys with 31 appearances, and compiled a 2.61 ERA. The right-hander struck out 53 over 58 2/3 innings, and opponents batted .221 against him. This year, he made 22 appearances, including 14 as a starter. He finished fourth in the Big 12 with 95 strikeouts over 75 2/3 innings, and fanned 13 over six innings against Michigan and struck out 12 in a row against Baylor.
This is the Cowboys’ 20th College World Series appearance.
— Carrie Muskat