So, Cade Horton’s Pro Debut Went PRETTTTTTY Well
Imagine the big smile on my face as I typed that headline.
Look. One very short start at Low-A does not tell you the whole of what a player is going to be. Good or bad! But the reality is, ever since the Chicago Cubs made Cade Horton their surprising first round pick – 7th overall in a loaded top of the draft – nine months ago, we have been waiting in tense excitement for the moment he would actually pitch in a pro game. It’s a big moment for a big prospect.
Horton made that debut tonight for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and, yes, it went VERY well:
That slider is RIDICULOUS. Those lefties had no prayer, and I’m not sure older, more experienced hitters would either. The fastball reportedly touched 96 mph. Dude struck out more than half the batters he faced!
In the end, maybe you could pick nits and say Horton wasn’t terribly efficient, but he also wasn’t wild, and obviously was not easy to square up. That’s an outstanding pro debut. I already want to see his next start.
One thing is sure: that outing sure LOOKED like a pitching prospect meriting top 100 consideration.