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June 11, 2017

The Cubs are said to have prioritized pitching. This 6'5", 215-pound righty has drawn comparisons to another Missouri power righty, the Nationals' Max Scherzer. Houck owns one of the draft's best fastballs—a plus-plus pitch in the eyes of some scouts—a 92-96 mph heater that can touch 98 and generates lots of swings and misses thanks to its sinking movement. His cross-body, low three-quarters delivery makes it difficult to pick up the ball out of his hand, but does generate some concerns, and given the state of his slider (average) and changeup (fringe average), some believe he's more likely to end up a late-game reliever.

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