Cubs Have Unearthed Pitching Gem in Rollie Lacy with Myrtle Beach

Just the other day he was promoted to Myrtle Beach. Rollie Lacy after having a dominant stretch in Single-A South Bend was promoted last week. Lacy has been dominant since his no-hitter on June 6th. Facing more prominent hitters in his Myrtle Beach debut, Lacy dazzled with a strong start.

Lacy made it into the sixth inning (5.1 IP), giving up four hits and an earned run. He walked just one and struck out seven. Better yet, Lacy struck out the side in the 1st inning. The first three batters faced in High-A. This is nothing unusual from Lacy who had been tearing it up with South Bend. Thanks to six runs from the Pelicans offense, Lacy got the win in his Myrtle Beach debut.

Rollie Lacy was incredible in 19 games (11 starts) with South Bend this year. Lacy posted a 4-1 record with a 1.69 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He emerged on May 30th with 8 strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched. That started a nice trend. Lacy his next time out threw 7.0 no-hit innings in a combined no-hitter from South Bend. Since then his number has been ridiculous.

Lacy has allowed just one earned run since June 23rd. That’s a span of three starts (17.1 IP). Over his last 7 games including the no-hitter, Lacy is 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA. Not to mention he’s struck out 50 over the this stretch. Lacy has been one of the biggest breakout prospects in the Cubs farm system this year and continues to amaze.

This year overall, Lacy is 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. During his time in the Midwest League, Lacy was one of the best. He led the league in both ERA (2.02) and batting average (.203) with the second-best WHIP (1.04).

Digging further into the numbers, Lacy has turned into a strikeout and groundball machine. He averaged 10.60 strikeouts per 9 innings with South Bend. Something very notable discussed on the Myrtle Beach radio broadcast last night, Lacy gets a huge number of ground balls. With over 62.1% of his outs coming from ground balls, Lacy keeps the ball in play. Exactly what makes a major league pitcher.

With all the strong numbers and things going his way, Rollie Lacy has turned into a very special pitcher. He’s very exciting to follow with dominance in South Bend and now Myrtle Beach. Lacy pitched three years at Creighton University, posting a 2.80 ERA in his collegiate career. With that experience, we wouldn’t expect Lacy to slow down any time soon.

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Lucas Babcock

Lucas Babcock is the Editor in Chief of SportZreport.com. Lucas has been a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

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