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Report: Cubs to Promote 1B Prospect Matt Mervis After All-Star Break

Mervis has 21 home runs and 80 RBIs between two levels of the minor leagues this season.

Matt Mervis Chicago Cubs Prospect Promotion
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According to Aram Leighton of Just Baseball, the Chicago Cubs will promote first baseman prospect Matt Mervis to Triple-A Iowa following the All-Star break. It would mark Mervis’s second in-season promotion of the year, and we haven’t reached August yet. Mervis had an incredible first half of the 2022 season in which he slugged 21 homers and drove in 80 runs between High-A and Double-A.

The Washington Nationals selected Mervis 39th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He opted to fulfill his Duke commitment and played four seasons of college ball as a first baseman and relief pitcher. Mervis joined the Cubs organization in 2020, following the MLB Draft, where he went undrafted.

Biblical losses aside, this might be one of the rare instances the Cubs benefited from the COVID-shortened 2020 season. Due to the abrupt halt in play at the college level, Mervis didn’t put his name on the radar as much as he might have with an entire season of play. Mervis was emerging as a team leader and led the Duke Blue Devils in hits, home runs, and total bases while reaching base safely in every game during the shortened campaign.

All signs were pointing to Mervis having a tremendous senior season. After a breakout junior year in which Mervis slashed .274/.358/.421 with six homers and 31 RBI, he joined the Cape Cod Baseball League to play for the Cotuit Kettleers. Mervis crushed it there. He was named to the CCBL All-Star Team and helped lead the Kettleers to the 2019 CCBL Championship.

Time with the Cubs Organization

Because there wasn’t a Minor League season in 2020, Matt Mervis did not see his first pro action until last year. However, he got his start with the Low-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2021, playing 69 games with them, and even appeared in a few games at Triple-A Iowa.

This season, Mervis hasn’t appeared on any organizational top prospect rankings. Nonetheless, he’s performed like one. Looking at stats across all levels of the minors this season, Mervis ranks first in RBIs (80), top-20 in home runs (21), and top-15 in doubles (25). Furthermore, he has the highest batting average (.317) among the top-20 hitters in home runs.

Triple-A Iowa will be another step up in competition for Mervis. The way he’s handled things so far, with two in-season MiLB promotions and three within a full calendar year, he’s on a fast track to Chicago. The Cubs have a clear need for more left-handed power. Ian Happ’s nine home runs lead the team among hitters who can hit from the left side of the plate, and two of his homers have come from the right side. The next closest on the list is Rafael Ortega with four home runs.

Standing 6-foot-4 and wielding a lot of power from the left side makes Matt Mervis intriguing. On last night’s episode of Cubs On Tap, our guy Ron Luce asked the question, who’s next? Who’s next to climb up and have a meteoric rise through the ranks of the farm system? Although Mervis is not a top-25 Cubs prospect according to MLB Pipeline, if he maintains his production at Triple-A, it’s only a matter of time before he is. Of course, at this rate, he could be in Chicago before list makers catch on.

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