Prairie Ridge graduate Michael Heesch will not be far from home for the start of this baseball season.
Heesch, taken by the Cubs in the eighth round of last year’s Baseball Amateur Draft, will start the season with the Kane County Cougars, the Cubs’ Single-A Midwest League affiliate. This is the first season the Cubs’ team will play in Geneva.
Heesch pitched on Prairie Ridge’s 2008 Class 4A state championship team. Heesch, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound left-hander, started his college career at NCAA Division I Illinois-Chicago and finished at NAIA South Carolina-Beaufort. Between his performances at Beaufort and in summer leagues, Heesch drew interest from major league scouts.
Heesch was 9-3 with a 2.21 ERA and helped Beaufort to the NAIA World Series last season. He was the Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year. Heesch was 9-0 with a 2.79 ERA, along with 57 strikeouts and nine walks in 611/3 innings for Gastonia in the Coastal Plain League.