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With the minor league season in the rearview mirror, the Chicago Cubs gave out their yearly honors for their minor league player and pitcher of the year. Cubs' No. 21 prospect Matt Mervis earned the Buck O'Neil Cubs Minor League Player of the Year award. In addition, No. 26 prospect Luis Devers earned the Vedie Himsl Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year award. 

Mervis had a season for the ages in 2022. After beginning the season with High-A South Bend, the 2020 undrafted free agent shot up the ranks in the system. In addition, he put together one of the greatest individual seasons in Cubs' minor league history. It took only 27 games for Mervis' first promotion to Double-A. In addition, it took only 53 games for Mervis to make the jump to Triple-A

In 137 games across all three levels, Mervis slashed .309/.379/.605 with 36 home runs and 119 RBI. His 119 RBIs led all of minor league baseball in 2022. Mervis also added 40 doubles and 92 runs scored along the way. 

As for Devers, he put together one of the quietest elite seasons in recent memory. While focus was on prospects such as Caleb Kilian, Jordan Wicks, DJ Herz, and others from a pitching standpoint, Devers' season was arguably the best of them all. In 26 games (22 starts) across Low-A Myrtle Beach and High-A South Bend, Devers pitched to a 1.91 ERA with 122 strikeouts and just 26 walks in 117.2 innings pitched. Devers was dominant and instrumental in helping the South Bend Cubs capture the Midwest League title. 

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What's On Tap Next?

Although these two players captured season awards, both are at very different points in their careers. Mervis' rise through the ranks has him projected to be a part of the MLB club in 2023. As for Devers, he is still a young, flourishing pitcher who will need a couple more seasons of development. Nonetheless, both players look like they might have a meaningful impact on the future of the Cubs.