Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Cubs and former Los Angles Angels outfielder Michael Hermosillo have agreed to a minor-league deal. Hermosillo was selected by the Angels in the 28th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Hermosillo grew up a Cubs fan in Ottawa, Illinois, and was a two-sport athlete at Ottawa Township High School, playing both football and baseball. He accepted a scholarship to play football at the University of Illinois but decided to forgo that offer to play baseball professionally.
In the Angels minor league system, Hermosillo showed some promise by posting a .264 batting average and an on-base percentage of .361. In 2017, MLB.com ranked Hermosillo as the Angels’ 13th best prospect.
Hermosillo made his Major League debut in 2018 against the Tampa Bay Rays, a game in which he collected his first big league hit and made a spectacular catch in right field.
Outside of his impressive debut, Hermosillo has yet to show that he can be an offensive threat in his young career. In his 118 plate appearances, he stuck out 37 times and only posted nine walks in 56 games with the Angels.
To combat his offensive struggles, Hermosillo has shown he is capable of being a solid outfielder with a fielding percentage of .990 and an above-average total zone of 10.
Hermosillo took to Twitter after the news broke and posted a photo of him in a Cubs hat along with a message of appreciation to the Angels for drafting him.
This minor-league signing isn’t much to write home about from a baseball productivity standpoint, but it does have a good story behind it as Hermosillo will have a shot to play for his favorite childhood baseball team.