Chicago Cubs: Latest Baseball America prospect ranks should excite fans

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Chicago Cubs: OF Brennen Davis, Class-A, No.94 overall

It is truly a wonder how this kid fell to the second round of the 2018 Amateur draft. Brennen Davis now has two seasons under his belt and seems to be only getting better at baseball. The Cubs selected Davis out of high school, and they have loved what they have already seen from him.

Davis played baseball and basketball in high school, which could have been a deterrent for most teams. What Theo Epstein and company saw in Davis, however, was a budding outfield star who could contribute at the highest level. Davis had previously committed to Miami but forewent that commitment after Chicago offered him a $1.1 million signing bonus.

In 18 games in rookie ball, Davis slashed a resounding .298/.431/.333 with a 13.9 percent walk rate, .387 wOBA, and 132 wRC+. After the team moved him to South Bend, Davis responded stronger. Before a finger injury ended his season, Davis was slashing .305/.381/.525 with eight home runs, nine doubles, and a 160 wRC+.

Davis is an exceptional fielder, having just a single error across 511 2/3 innings and has been talked about as the future center fielder of the franchise. He significantly improved his speed from his first year to last year, which will play well to his strengths.

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On a recent podcast from Baseball America, they discussed Davis and expect him to be the starting center fielder for the Cubs in 2023. It’s a way down the line, but Davis is a prospect who may not be getting the love compared to the likes of Marquez and Hoerner, however it is okay. The Cubs have a unique talent in Davis, and it would not be a surprise to see him rise to the Show before the 2023 projection.