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4.130 Chicago Cubs - Hunter Ackerman, LHP, Louisburg JC (NC)

The Cubs spent the 130th overall pick on Hunter Ackerman.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Hunter Ackerman   Position: LHP   School: Louisburg JC   State: NC   Year: Fr.   Height: 6’0’’   Weight: 180
Birth Date: 10/24/90   Seiler Rating: 3D5   Last Drafted: Never

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2010

8

1

1.41

11

 

0

57.2

38

17

9

 

24

92


Hunter Ackerman is a short left-handed junior college pitcher from Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina. Ackerman originally came to Louisburg from Cosby High School in Midlothian, Virginia, which is just outside of Richmond. He wasn’t much of a prospect at all coming out of high school, and most teams barely gave him a second thought last spring, so he went undrafted. He landed at Louisburg, where he’s put together an excellent freshman campaign. That campaign has gotten him more scouting attention, and he’s no longer an unknown name. As with most junior college freshmen, the leverage he has is enormous, so he could easily fall down draft boards, but there’s plenty of reason to think that he could start his career as soon as the draft is over. He has a ceiling as a possible number five starter or middle reliever, and that is quite obtainable in fairly short order. His fastball is an average pitch that sits 87-89, and he gets good sink on it, making him a groundball pitcher. He adds in a potential average curveball that needs more zip behind it, and his last pitch is a potential solid-average changeup, meaning he shouldn’t be useless against right-handed hitters if he ends up having a career in the bullpen. This is no LOOGY. He has built up enough draft stock to become a seventh to twelfth round pick on talent, but if his leverage as a freshman comes into play, he’ll likely be a late-round pick with interest for next year.