Cubs sign right-hander Thomas Hatch
The Chicago Cubs today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch, the club's third round pick (104th overall) of the 2016 Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Overall, the Cubs have signed 21 selections to date in advance of the July 15 signing deadline.
Hatch, 21, completed his redshirt sophomore season at Oklahoma State by helping lead the Cowboys to the College World Series. Overall, Hatch went 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA (31 ER/130.1 IP) and 19 starts, including four shutouts. He allowed just two home runs, walked 33 and struck out 112 batters, becoming the 13th pitcher in OSU history to reach the 100-strikeout mark in a single season.
Hatch, recommended by area scout Ty Nichols, was named the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and was named to the All-America Third Team by Baseball America. He shut out three-straight opponents - TCU, Texas and Prairie View A&M - to become just the 10th pitcher in Big 12 history to record three shutouts in a season.
Hatch was selected by Colorado in the 32nd round of the 2013 Draft out of Jenks (Okla.) High School, but did not sign.