Chicago Cubs Minors: Miguel Amaya has a future in the Windy City

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Chicago Cubs: A new season brings new hope

The 2018 season has been a fresh beginning for the Cubs’ tenth-ranked prospect, and the response is an admirable one, to say the least. Arriving at High-A South Bend, Amaya is slashing .280/.348/.478 with 12 home runs and 43 runs batted in through 79 games.

The most significant jump back to normality for Amaya and expected value and priority is his considerable increase in wOBA as well as wRC+. Amaya is now up to a career-high in both categories. For wOBA, he is batting .371 while ascending back over the line of normality, to a 129 wRC+. At 19 years old to be making a strong showing such as this, at higher level baseball is utterly remarkable.

Amaya has decreased his strikeout percentage from 20.1 to 18.9 percent while doubling his rate of walks from 4.5 to 8.5 percent. The power is also shining through, as his twelve home runs are a career high. It also gives sweet hope for Amaya as he had just four total home runs in one-hundred and sixteen games since arriving at the professional level.