#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

4 Comments

This would be a good game to watch today, if I can get it?
Start time of 2PM, don’t know which time zone?

You did not read my comment Friday, jasper. I told y`all about Thomas Hatch and specifically noted the game would begin at 2:00 PM Central Time. Yes, I agree he was brilliant today. My most wishful scenario going into today`s game was that Hatch pitch shutout baseball for seven or eight innings, (as he`s done in his two prior starts), and the Gauchos come on versus the Cowboys` relievers and win the game. But Thomas upset those plans when he decided to throw a complete game. We look forward to seeing Thomas work in future games in this CWS. Let`s see how he performs versus more potent lineups the likes of Texas Tech, TCU, Miami, Coastal Carolina and perhaps No.1 seed Florida. Let`s also hope the Cubs make Thomas Hatch an offer he can`t refuse. Thomas does have the option of declining the Cubs` offer, and returning to Oklahoma State next season. I agree with you when you ask how in the world 103 players were chosen before this young man. If you saw the interview he granted to ESPN after today`s contest, you saw that he`s a mature and humble young man. He was effusive with his credit for the opponent.

Maybe no one watched this game, but it was fun to watch. Myself, I have never watched a College game, never been into it.
Hatch pitched a complete, 5 hit game shutout. Control, command, was excellent from the 3rd inning on. 112 Pitches, lots of movement on all Pitches.
It makes you wonder how a Pitcher like this does not go until the third Round, 104th overall. Management may have struck gold once again.

Aloha jasper, I wish I could have caught this game. Yes, the CWS is very entertaining and fun to watch. unfortunately as my coach used to say college baseball doesn’t have a “hook” to bring in viewers like March Madness or a gazillion bowls around Christmas. Some of my friends who are MLB scouts have shared with me how the international leagues have affected the draft back here in the States, as well as the “metrics” they look at as opposed to 20yrs ago. I remember one person saying they would rather have a wild hard throwing person then one who exhibits more control today who is say a 3+ pitch pitcher with less velocity. Because as I am sure you could understand, the thinking is that with the hard thrower one can teach other pitches to him as well as the mechanics of control. I think Greg Maddux type of pitchers are still relevant today. Take care now. Mahalo!

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