Chicago Cubs: Arriving with a bang
Chicago sent Short to the Rookie league in Arizona where he tore the cover off the ball in his first professional season. While in the AZL, Short played in 14 games and saw 60 plate appearances. With that opportunity, Short finished his stint by slashing .318/.500/.386 with an outstanding 15.0% strikeout rate, a whopping 23.3% walk rate and a 168 wRC+.
He did not spend much time in the Rookie league before the Cubs promoted Short to Low-A Eugene. Short experienced a drop in his average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage however still managed to post a .366 wOBA with a 118 wRC+ and an even better 14.3% strikeout rate.
Climbing the ladder of success, Short was again promoted at the beginning of the 2017 season, this time to Class-A South Bend. His average stayed consistent; however, Short did display a bit of power, finishing with seven home runs. He also posted a 136 wRC+ while managing to keep his walk rate up and his strikeout rate down.
After 66 games at South Bend, Short earned the call to Class-A Advanced Myrtle Beach. He saw a slight decrease in his production however still managed to play above-average and finish his time there with six home runs, and a 124 wRC+.