When the Cubs traded Andrew Chafin to the Oakland A’s, outfield prospect Greg Deichmann came back to Chicago in the deal. He was scratched from last night’s Iowa Cubs lineup in favor of Ian Miller, and now we know why.
Ahead of a three-game series against the White Sox, the Cubs recalled Deichmann from Triple-A Iowa and placed outfielder Jason Heyward on the 10-day injured list due to left finger inflammation. Heyward has not played for the Cubs since August 3.
In seven games with Iowa, Deichmann is hitting only .200 with one RBI and one stolen base. However, with Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate, he slashed .300/.433/.352 with four homers, 35 RBIs, and seven steals in 60 games. He also had a Minor League career-high 19.2 percent walk rate.
The left-handed-hitting outfielder has 70-grade raw power, according to FanGraphs, but has made swing changes to hit for more contact. Deichmann, a former infielder, is adequate defensively but has good arm strength, which plays well as a right fielder.
According to MLB Pipeline, Deichmann slots in as the Cubs’ No. 20 prospect. Although he’s 26 years old, which sounds old for a Minor Leaguer, we weren’t able to see him in 2020 due to the lost Minor League season because of COVID-19.
With little to play for down the stretch, the Cubs are turning to the farm system to get a look at some of these players right on the verge of making an impact. They need to see what they have with some of these youngsters. Unsurprisingly, Deichmann is the first prospect they traded for during their flurry of deadline moves this season without prior MLB experience to get promoted. If he can tap into his raw power while keeping the contact gains he’s made, the Cubs could be looking at a key piece in their lineup for years to come.