The Cubs second round selection of Cory Abbott was a bit of a surprise. The 6’2″ right-hander is best known for throwing a perfect game this year against BYU. By adding a slider this year, his pitching took off. He threw 98.1 IP and struck out 130 with a 1.58 ERA. Opponents only batted .178 against him. He only walked 25.
Cory Abbott – Loyola Marymount
6’2″ and 215 Pounds
Low 90s fastball
Upper 80s slider
Areas of Concern
A third and/or fourth pitch
I think he is really going to blossom from professional coaching. I don’t know if the Cubs project him as a starter or reliever yet. He should pitch some this year at Eugene, but not much after logging a full college season. Some may see him as a bit of a stretch. He was ranked #149 on Baseball America’s Top 500 but was taken at #67.
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