Mervis Again, So Many Dingers Generate So Many Talking Points, Ballesteros, Hearn, Alcántara, Amaya, Nwogu, More

Saturday evening is a little bit of a bizarre time to be dropping Cubs prospect notes, however I had a bunch of tabs begin to actually again up on me, and there have been a bunch of stray highlights I wished to share. So that is me unloading a variety of these…

  • Starting with tonight, as Matt Mervis hit homer quantity 31 on his unimaginable, break-out season:
  • And talking of homers, there have been a bunch of enjoyable ones over the previous 36 hours, every with a bit of little bit of remarking so as. First, the 18-year-old catching prospect who’s crushing Low-A, even whereas enjoying in a very robust ballpark for lefties. Moises Ballesteros can actually hit, people:
  • Ballesteros now has extra plate appearances at Low-A than he had within the complicated league (hitting effectively above league common), which is fairly unimaginable for a man making his stateside debut. He’s going to have to have the ability to keep behind the plate to essentially maximize his worth down the highway, however the bat could be particular.
  • Speaking of catching prospects at Myrtle Beach, Ethan Hearn has been on hearth within the second half, and if the glove/catching work with pitchers is pretty much as good as individuals say, the 22-year-old over-slot sixth rounder goes to go into 2023 a really legit catching prospect within the system.
  • Oops, and as I kind about THAT homer, Hearn simply hit one other one tonight. Like I stated, dude is scorching.
  • And talking of fellows who’re ending the season scorching scorching, take it away, James Triantos:
  • Parker Chavers, 24, was the Cubs’ seventh rounder in 2021, however he is barely had an opportunity to play since then. He’s a favourite of lots of the Cubs prospecting guys who actually watch a ton of video games, and he definitely is a superb athlete:
  • Ultimately, you will have to see Chavers actually escape with the bat at the next stage earlier than you should purchase in, however perhaps we’ll see a giant step ahead subsequent 12 months now that he is getting his professional ft beneath him.
  • In much less nice Myrtle Beach outfield information, one other
  • Alcántara didn’t play final evening, and he is not enjoying once more tonight. He’s one other man who was ending his season sturdy, so hopefully he can get again in time for a bit of extra recreation motion and the playoffs.
  • And talking of outfield prospects who’re ending the season on a tear and have been on a latest homer binge, South Bend outfielder Jordan Nwogu is hitting a ridiculous .289/.358/.611/162 wRC+ since mid-July. What’s that? You do not suppose that is ridiculous? Well did I point out that his ISO is a monstrous .322 and but he is placing out solely 17.6% of the time(!). Generally talking, you hardly ever hit for THAT a lot energy and strike out THAT little. That’s Matt Mervis territory.
  • That is only a very, very fairly swing:
  • In his post-Tommy John return at Double-A Tennessee, Miguel Amaya is hitting .269/.352/.452/110 wRC+, which is ok sufficient in its personal regard, however what I actually prefer to see is that energy taking a step ahead (even because the strikeout charge is now within the mid-20s). He has the *potential* to be a really high-contact, very high-discipline man, but it surely was trending like he wasn’t going to have the ability to do sufficient injury to truly help an total optimistic slash line. More energy was crucial, and his .183 ISO this 12 months looks as if a serious step ahead. Plus, that swing. Like I stated. That is a really fairly swing.
  • Fun with homers, and Chase Strumpf shortly including quantity 21 after this:

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