Right-handed pitcher Jack Little became the first member of the Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 draft class to reach a full-season affiliate when he joined the low-A Great Lakes Loons last week. Little, who spent the past three seasons at Stanford University, pitched great in his Midwest League debut on July 5 versus the Lansing Lugnuts.
Going three innings against the Lugnuts, allowing just one hit while striking out one batter, was a nice start for Little. While he pitched great, it was the command of his three pitches that was truly impressive.
Little, who uses a fastball, slider, and changeup in his repertoire, has excellent command. With his fastball currently sitting between 92-94 miles per hour, Little can use his heater in any situation he sees fit.
“My fastball is my bread and butter,” explained Little. “I like to attack with it, use it as an out pitch, and use it to set up my off-speed pitches.”
While, Little’s completely comfortable with his fastball, the prospect believes his changeup is his best pitch, even though he wasn’t able to use it much in college.
“My changeup is developing well,” said Little. “At Stanford I didn’t get to use it too much as a closer, but I’ve always considered it my best pitch. I feel really confident in how it’s coming along these last couple weeks in pro ball.”
Featuring the slider a lot in his Loons’ debut, Little feels it’s a nice pitch to use whenever he needs a strike.
“I can use the slider in a lot of ways,” stated Little. “I can get guys to chase it, I can throw it for strikes, it’s kind of a jack of all trades pitch.”
And Little had no issues adjusting to his new team. “I really like it in Great Lakes,” said Little. “All of the guys were really welcoming, so I really like it so far.”
Be sure to follow Jack Little’s upcoming starts, as he continues to be a reliable arm in the Loons’ rotation for the remainder of the season.