LSU Ace Alex Lange drafted by the Chicago Cubs

June 12, 2017 - 9:26 pm

Alex Lange may want to go ahead and keep Mike Papierski’s purple-and-gold W flag.

The LSU ace was selected No. 30 overall by the World Champion Chicago Cubs with the final pick of the first round of the MLB Draft Monday night.

The staff full expects the junior right hander to sign professionally, with the No. 30 pick carrying an allotted slot value of $2,184,300.

A two-time All-American, Lange is 9-5 this season with a 2.92 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 111 innings. His 390 career strikeouts rank second all-time in program history, and he’ll have at least one start at the College World Series to rack up some more.

He joins Aaron Nola, the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft, and Kevin Gausman, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, as first-round hurlers produced under current LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn, who joined the staff after the 2011 season.

Lange went two picks after another talented right hander with LSU ties, albeit one who’ll likely never set foot on campus. The Blue Jays selected JUCO signee Nate Pearson with the No. 28 overall pick, making it highly unlikely he ever puts on the purple and gold.

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