DURHAM, N.C. – For the second time Wednesday, a Duke Blue Devil was chosen in the 2019 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, as junior left-handed pitcher Adam Laskey was taken in the 19th round (582nd overall pick) by the Chicago Cubs.
Laskey is the fourth Blue Devil to be selected in this year’s draft, joining teammates Graeme Stinson (Tampa Bay Rays, fourth round, 128th overall), Ben Gross (Minnesota Twins, 10th round, 299th overall), and Kennie Taylor (New York Mets, 14th round, 418th overall). With Laskey’s selection, the Blue Devils have now had at least four players drafted in the last two drafts.
Laskey has been a staple of the Duke pitching staff for the course of his three years as a member of the team’s starting rotation.
The junior southpaw has started 32 games across his career, and owns a career record of 11-9. Laskey has amassed a total of 119 strikeouts. The Barrington, N.J., native only made six appearances on the mound in 2019, including three starts.
Laskey earned 2018 Perfect Game/Rawlings First Team Collegiate All-America honors following a stellar summer season with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He received the CCBL’s 2018 Whitehouse Outstanding Pitcher Award after posting an unblemished 5-0 record while leading the league in wins. Laskey yielded four earned runs on 19 hits over 30.1 innings, good for a 1.18 ERA.