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Cade Horton

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Cade Horton
Name: Cade Michael Horton
Born: Aug 20, 2001 in Oklahoma City, OK United States
High School: Norman (Okla.) HS
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 211 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (7th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2022 (signed for $4,450,000)
Horton was highly-regarded as both a pitcher and infielder in the 2020 draft class and was a standout high school quarterback as well. He committed to Oklahoma to play both football and baseball and drew rave reviews on the diamond as soon as he arrived on campus the fall of his freshman year. That momentum was halted when he had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire season, but he made up for it when he returned as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2022. Horton started the year playing third base for the Sooners and returned to the mound in late March, where he carried the team to the College World Series finals. His stuff progressively got better over the course of the year and peaked in the postseason, where he posted a 2.81 ERA with 40 strikeouts and just four walks to fly up draft boards. At his best, Horton pitches with a 94-95 mph fastball that gets up to 98 with high spin rates and impressive carry up in the zone. He complements his fastball with a hard slider in the mid-80s that touches 90 mph and earns double-plus grades. He throws his slider more frequently than his fastball and leans on it heavily. Horton also has a slow curveball in the low 80s and that has above-average potential. He has long had a natural feel to spin the ball dating back to his prep days. Horton doesn't use his changeup much, but it's firm in the upper 80s and flashes enough downward movement to become a viable fourth pitch with more development. Horton has thrown just 53.2 innings in his college career, but his natural arm talent and College World Series performance has him in first-round consideration.
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