According to his Instagram and Tommy Birch, the Chicago Cubs are promoting their top overall prospect, Brennen Davis, to Triple-A Iowa. Davis is expected to join the team in Omaha for their upcoming six-game series with the Omaha Storm Chasers starting on Tuesday night.
The 21-year-old outfielder has quickly shot up prospect rankings this season and now checks in at No. 14 overall on MLB Pipeline. If you ask me, that might even be a little too low. After starting his season a little later than most, due to taking a pitch off his face in a spring training game, Davis began the season at High-A South Bend.
In 50 games at South Bend in 2019, Davis hit eight home runs with a .305/.381/.525 (.906 OPS) slash line. This season, in eight games at High-A ball, Davis hit .321 with two homers, two doubles, and two stolen bases. Although he is only 1-for-his-last-20 with a home run, Davis has smoked the ball since being promoted to Double-A Tennessee. In 266 at-bats at Double-A, Davis is slashing .252/.367/.474 (.841 OPS) with 13 home runs, 20 doubles, six steals, and a 138 wRC+. However, if you take away his recent slump (last 20 at-bats), he was hitting .268/.384/.496 (.880 OPS).
On the outside looking in, a promotion while struggling seems odd, but the reason is simple. The Tennessee Smokies’ season wraps up on September 19. However, the Triple-A season still has 16 games remaining due to the season being extended. With that knowledge, this was rather predictable.
Don’t be surprised if more call-ups are announced. This is to ensure players like Davis continue to get regular at-bats and playing time. It’s also a great next step for him in his development, as we could see him start next year right off the bat at Triple-A Iowa. Assuming he continues to flourish the way he has for the majority of this season, a call to the majors is right around the corner and could happen before next season’s All-Star break.
Get ready, Cubs fans. The five-tool, top-ranked prospect in the Cubs’ system is one step away from playing games at Wrigley Field. Be sure to follow along as we will continue to track his progress here at On Tap Sports Net and Cubs On Tap.