BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox!

Michael McAvene

#12 | RHP | CubsCHC
South Bend Cubs South Bend Cubs
Michael McAvene
Name: Michael Earl McAvene
Born: Aug 24, 1997 in Camby, IN
College: Louisville
High School: Louisville
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (103rd overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2019 (signed for $500,000)
McAvene had Tommy John surgery as a freshman at Louisville, which cut his season short after just 17 innings. He pitched just 10 innings as a sophomore in 2018, and while he struck out more than 13 batters per nine, he struggled with control (6.1 walks per nine) and posted a 5.23 ERA. He has rebounded nicely, however, posting a 1.98 ERA with 39 strikeouts over his first 27 innings this spring. McAvene shows good arm speed and has been up to 97 mph with his fastball, sitting mostly in the 92-95 mph range out of the bullpen. He has shown an above-average slider and a curveball that grades as a fringe-average offering. After struggling to control the ball pre- and post-injury as a freshman and sophomore, McAvene walked just seven batters through his first 27 innings this spring. His profile stands out as a potential reliever with a solid fastball-breaking ball combo, and while it’s unlikely, some scouts think he has an outside shot to start at the next level.
Career Statistics
  • Career Statistics
  • 2021 Game Logs
  • 2021 Splits
  • Spring Training
of Free Stories Remaining