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Hoerner and 3 Other Cubs Prospects Make MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 List

These players most likely will be a huge part of the Cubs success in the near future, whether they are trade pieces or future big-league starters.

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The MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospect list was updated on Saturday, and the Chicago Cubs had four prospects named to the list. Utility man Nico Hoerner was the Cubs’ highest-ranked prospect at 51st, while the highest-ranked pitcher was Brailyn Marquez at 68th. Further down the list, outfielder Brennen Davis checked in at 78th and catcher Miguel Amaya was ranked 95th.

Hoerner is the most likely out of the four prospects to play for the Cubs this upcoming season. He played in 70 games for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies last season.

While there, Hoerner posted a batting average of .284 and an on-base percentage of .344. On September 9th, 2019, Hoerner debuted for the Cubs, recording three hits and driving in four runs against the San Diego Padres. Hoerner played the remainder of the season with the Cubs, recording 13 more RBIs and a batting average of .282 through 20 games.

When it comes to Marquez, Davis, and Amaya, they have yet to see any time in the big leagues but have shown potential in the minors.

Marquez pitched in 22 games last season, appearing in 17 contests at single-A South Bend and five with the single-A+ Myrtle Beach Pelicans. In his games at South Bend, Marquez posted a 5-4 record and a 3.61 ERA. His numbers improved when promoted to Myrtle Beach, where he posted a 4-1 record and a 1.71 ERA in 26.1 innings of work.

Amaya also spent time at Myrtle Beach last season and put together a solid year behind the plate. In his 91 games with the Pelicans, he touted a 35% caught-stealing percentage and a .989 fielding percentage. However, Amaya did not have the same success offensively. He recorded 80 hits and a batting average of .235 across 410 plate appearances.

Then there is Davis, who played in 50 games for South Bend last season and turned in outstanding numbers. In his 204 plate appearances, he posted a .305 batting average and added 54 hits with 12 of them being for extra bases.

These players most likely will be a huge part of the organization’s success in the near future, whether they are trade pieces or future big-league starters.


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