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Cubs OF Prospect Alexander Canario Promoted to Triple-A Iowa

Newly re-ranked Cubs' No. 9 prospect Alexander Canario is heading to Triple-A Iowa to further his development.
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A minor league promotion that seemed long overdue, Chicago Cubs' prospect outfielder Alexander Canario is heading to Triple-A Iowa.

Starting the season at High-A South Bend, Canario mashed seven homers and 22 RBIs with a .944 OPS in only 100 plate appearances before advancing to Double-A Tennessee. In 350 plate appearances at Double-A, Canario slashed .248/.329/.552 with 24 homers, 61 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases. Across both levels for the season, Canario is hitting .256/.336/.559 (.895 OPS) with 31 bombs, 83 RBIs, and 20 steals.

MLB.com’s newly updated Cubs’ top 30 prospects list slots Alexander Canario at No. 9. The 22-year-old came to the Cubs with pitcher Caleb Kilian in the Kris Bryant trade last season. Now, Canario will now join the same level Kilian has played at most of the year.

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As a team, the Cubs rank 15th in homers (126), 13th in slugging percentage (.396), and 20th in barrel rate (6.8%). Canario has barreled the ball up many times and would be a big help in those categories. He ranks second across all levels of the minors with 31 home runs, 34th in slugging (.559), and 13th in ISO (.303).

Defensively, Canario has played 60 games in center field and 34 games in right field. Although his fielding percentage doesn’t reflect it, he probably profiles best as a corner outfielder at the big league level.

Already a member of the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster, Canario is on the verge of a major league call-up, assuming he takes care of business at the Triple-A level. The Cubs might elect to be patient with him given his past struggles with strikeouts. Canario struck out at a 35 percent clip at High-A. However, he’s improved drastically at Double-A with a 26 percent strikeout rate.

Maybe the most underrated aspect of Canario’s game is his speed on the bases. He has swiped 20 bases on 23 attempts in 105 games, which is nothing to sneeze at. Expect more monster home runs and steals at Triple-A and another promotion to the majors sometime next season.