Little finds his groove for Emeralds
After getting roughed up in his first two professional starts, Brendon Little showed what he's capable of on Friday.The Cubs' No. 5 prospect gave up three hits and a walk while striking out three over four scoreless frames before Class A Short Season Eugene walked off with a 3-2, 10-inning
After getting roughed up in his first two professional starts,
The Cubs' No. 5 prospect gave up three hits and a walk while striking out three over four scoreless frames before Class A Short Season Eugene walked off with a 3-2, 10-inning win over Spokane at PK Park.
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"It was much-needed," Little said with a laugh. "It was awesome from a confidence standpoint to see everything I've been working on to come together."
The 21-year-old made his professional debut on July 25 and yielded three runs on three hits and a walk over three innings against Salem-Keizer. He struggled to find his stuff in his next start, surrendering six runs on seven hits while recording five outs against Spokane.
"Definitely not an ideal start but, as corny as it sounds, I'm just trusting the process," Little said. "As soon as I got here, I set up a game plan with pitching coach David Rosario. Even though the outings didn't go well, I was trying some new things out and I've found out what doesn't work so I could make the adjustments going forward."
Video: Eugene's Little gets the K
A leadoff single by
Little worked around a two-out walk in the third but faced his first real hurdle when
"It's been an adjustment within the game so far," Little said. "All the hitters here have much more advanced approaches, so you need to hit your spots a lot more. It's become a lot more of a precise game rather than before, when I could get away with just stuff. It's definitely been fun to take a step forward."
Little threw only four innings as a freshman at the University of North Carolina before pitching in the Cape Cod League. After a successful stint in the summer circuit, he transferred to the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and was drafted by the Cubs in June.
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Little left with a 2-0 lead, but the Indians tied it when
Michael Leboff is a contributor to MiLB.com.