Dakota Mekkes / Photo by Stephanie Lynn

Dakota Mekkes / Picture by Stephanie Lynn

A brief glance at Dakota Mekkes and you would assume you’re seeking at a soccer player relatively than a baseball pitcher. Think once more. Mekkes has arguably been one of the Cubs most productive “homegrown” pitchers in the latest several years and seems to be at Wrigley’s doorstep.

The Cubs chosen Mekkes in the 10th spherical of the 2016 MLB draft out of Michigan Point out College, and has fast worked his way by means of the minors. He was promoted to Triple-A Iowa past June in which he closed out the 2018 year with 25 appearances for the I-Cubs, publishing a 1.44 Period and 3 will save in 31.1 innngs pitched.

dakota-mekkes-2Standing at 6’7”, Mekkes utilizes his length in his launch, a huge section of what tends to make him so productive. “I am not quite traditional with my shipping as [the ball] comes out of a 3/4 slot, so for me making use of my length is a lot extra valuable as I consider to launch the ball as near to house as doable,” Mekkes stated.

The righty went on a tear in 2017 when he pitched a dominant 55.1 scoreless innings amongst his time with South Bend and Myrtle Seashore prior to the Frederick Keys eventually scored 3 runs off him on August 1. Mekkes responded by putting zeroes on the board for the remainder of the year.

While Mekkes has carried out very nicely throughout his minimal league occupation, he nevertheless faces problems, such as mastering his control. “I sense like the key times that I’ve gotten into hassle, a walk or two has been involved in that inning,” he explained. “For me, just attacking hitters and receiving in advance in the count is a thing I genuinely need to target on.”

Looking back on his accomplishments throughout his professional occupation hence much, Mekkes credits his achievements to his father, who handed away past March throughout Spring Education. “He was the one who obtained me commenced enjoying baseball back again when I was four-several years-outdated,” Mekkes stated of his father’s impact. “He coached me by means of very little league and produced confident I normally had the best schooling and gear doable to be successful at the match. He was normally my most important fan, coming to literally each match doable no issue in which it was. Anything I do in baseball for the rest of my lifestyle is in honor of him simply because he gave me all the instruments to get me in which I am currently.”