(CBS) The Cubs continued to focus on pitching as the second day of the MLB amateur draft got going Tuesday, as they selected Auburn right-hander Keegan Thompson in the third round and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo right-hander Erich Uelmen in the fourth round.
The 22-year-old Thompson was 7-4 with a 2.41 ERA in 15 starts for the Tigers this past season. He struck out 75 batters in 93 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .200 batting average. He’s previously played for the under-16 and under-18 USA national teams.
Scouts view Thompson’s best pitch as his curveball, and his fastball usually sits in the low 90s. He missed 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
The 21-year-old Uelman was 4-8 with a 2.93 ERA in 15 starts for Cal Poly this past season. He struck out 100 batters and walked 23 in 98 1/3 innings.
In the fifth round, the Cubs selected outfielder Nelson Velazquez, an 18-year-old prep player from Florida.
In the sixth round, they took 18-year-old right-hander Jeremy Estrada from Palm Desert High in California. They followed it by selecting 21-year-old Fresno State left-hander Ricky Tyler Thomas in the seventh round.
In the eighth round, the Cubs took 21-year-old MIT third baseman Austin Filiere.