Chicago Cubs: Check in on this year’s Arizona Fall League

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Chicago Cubs: All systems go for Miguel Amaya

The Cubs’ current number two overall prospect experienced an uptick in production in his age-20 season. Moving from Class-A South Bend in 2018 to Class-A Advanced Myrtle Beach this year, Miguel Amaya is showcasing his future talents and what he can bring to the Cubs in a few years.

Amaya finished with a better strikeout rating in 2019, lowering it from 19.0 percent in 2018 to 16.8 percent this season. He saw his walk rate increase from 10.4 percent to 13.2 percent, displaying greater patience at the plate. His wOBA increased from .345 to .354 and Amaya finished with a 122 wRC+, eight points higher from the previous season.

So far in the AFL, Amaya has seen action in five games, with 16 at-bats. He is currently sitting on a .375/.524/.500 line with four RBI and five walks. In three of those five games, Amaya has multiple hits. In two contests, Amaya walked multiple times and has just one game where he struck out at least twice.

Amaya is hopefully in line as the team’s future backstop and being just 20 years old he has a ton of time to continue developing. He is an impressive young backstop and as catchers are not a dime a dozen, the hope is he can turn into a long-term stud for the team.