Per CCDT, 11th rounder RHP Rollie Lacy and 12th rounder RHP Ben Hecht have officially signed for $125,000 each. They're both college juniors but in name only as Hecht is 22 and Lacy is just 2 weeks away from turning 22. Lacy was the Friday night starter for Creighton while Hecht was a reliever for Wichita State.
Here's a bit on Lacy:
“I’m a ground-ball pitcher,” Lacy said in a recent interview with The World-Herald. “Even though these guys are new, I still have the same amount of confidence as I’ve had. ... I’m always as good as the guys are behind me.”
He’s off to a great start.
Through his first four outings, Lacy’s recorded a 2.59 ERA in 24-1/3 innings as the Jays’ ace. He’s surrendered a little more than one hit per inning, but his 9.33 strikeout-to-walk rate ranks 21st nationally.
What’s been most intriguing so far is — despite Lacy’s pitch-to-contact preference — he’s striking out more batters than ever. He averaged 5.7 strikeouts per nine innings during his first two CU seasons. He’s at 10.4 this year.
It’s still early, of course. Pitchers often have the advantage before the weather warms up for good.
But Lacy did spend the winter working on regaining consistency with his slider. He’s always had deceptive, late movement on his fastball (he can comfortably throw a four-seamer and two-seamer).
Rollie Lacy is a right-handed pitcher out of Creighton University in Omaha. He graduated from Holy Family High School where, as a senior, he posted a 0.00 ERA in 34 innings. He is now a red-shirt junior. He has been the team’s Friday night starting pitcher since his sophomore season. At 6-4 and 195 pounds, Lacy typically will sit 89-91 mph. He has a lot of sink and also throws a slurve. This year, he went 5-2 with a 2.54 ERA. In 88.2 innings, he struck out 83 and walked just 18. He’ll likely be an early Day 3 guy because he doesn’t have a ton of velocity, but he is one who could go through the lower levels fairly quickly.
This is an excerpt from an article about Ben Hecht linked at CCDT:
...in the 12th round with the 375th pick, the Chicago Cubs reached out and took the Wichita State reliever with a 96-mile per hour fastball and a power curveball.
He signed with Chicago and reported to Mesa, Arizona for rookie ball Monday. Pretty shortly after the draft, Hecht ditched his allegiances to his previously favorite team the St. Louis Cardinals.
“That was probably the biggest news after it all happened was everyone was kind of looking around like, 'Wasn't he a Cardinal fan?' 'Well yeah, he was,' ” Hecht said.
”I do sincerely hope the Cubs win a World Series. After I die.” - Jerry Reinsdorf, January, 2015. Sorry you had to witness that, Jer...