Texas pitcher Josh Sawyer (30) throws a pitch against Kansas in Austin on March 18, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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After a successful return to the mound, Josh Sawyer selected by Chicago Cubs in MLB Draft

Posted June 6th, 2018

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Josh Sawyer’s comeback story now includes a chapter about the Chicago Cubs.

Sawyer, a 6-3 left-handed pitcher for the Texas Longhorns, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The Cubs chose Sawyer in the 16th round with the draft’s 488th overall pick.

Sawyer is 1-0 this season with a 3.77 ERA. Sawyer has worked 28 2/3 innings over 28 relief appearances. He has recorded 30 strikeouts while allowing 22 hits and 17 walks.

Sawyer missed much of the past two seasons with a series of injuries. No Longhorn, however, has pitched in more games this spring.

A redshirt junior who hails from San Angelo, Sawyer will have until July 6 to decide whether he will sign with the Cubs or return to Texas for his final year of eligibility. Sawyer, however, has already graduated. He was recognized at UT’s Senior Day on May 19.

A longtime Longhorn fan, Sawyer hinted on Tuesday that the upcoming super regional against Tennessee Tech will be his farewell to UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

“It’s unbelievable to have the opportunity to play here again in front of these fans,” Sawyer said. “Our fans are unbelievable. I just can’t thank Tennessee Tech enough for winning so I have the opportunity to play one more series here at the Disch.”

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