The Chicago Cubs announced Sunday outfielder Alexander Canario and pitcher Luke Little as the organization’s minor league players of the month for July.
Canario Swinging a Hot Bat
After a promotion to Double-A in early May, Alexander Canario has been tearing the cover off the ball for the Tennessee Smokies. July was no different. In 19 games, the righty posted a ridiculous slash line of .354/.500/.800 with seven home runs, eight doubles, 16 RBIs, 19 walks, 18 runs, five stolen bases, and a 1.300 OPS. Yes, you read that right.
For the season, Canario has been a bright spot in the Cubs’ minor league system. In 92 games between the Tennessee Smokies and South Bend Cubs (High-A), he holds a .903 OPS with 26 home runs, 24 doubles, 69 RBI, and 13 stolen bases. If he keeps this pace up, don’t be surprised to see the young outfielder playing games in the majors when September call-ups are announced.
Little Pitching Big
Luke Little has been a prominent pitcher and another bright spot for the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system all season long. The left-hander has dominated throughout 2022 and July was just a reminder of that. In five starts for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Low-A), Little posted a 1.15 ERA with 25 strikeouts, five walks, and a .115 batting average against in 15.2 innings pitched.
Little has been extremely effective all year long in the Carolina League. In 19 games, the lefty has made 18 starts with a 3.12 ERA and has 79 strikeouts, 31 walks, and 14.5 K/9 in 49 innings pitched.
It’s doubtful that Cubs fans see Little pitching for the major league team this season, but if he keeps this type of production up, don’t be surprised to see the young left-hander in the Cubs’ rotation sooner rather than later.