Chicago Cubs: Josue Huma is playing above his age curve

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Chicago Cubs: An encouraging debut

Huma made his professional debut for the organization in the Dominican Summer League as a 17-year-old. To say he held his own is an understatement. The numbers Huma were not crazy in any regard, with his .238/.318/.323 slash line. However, many important parts of his game caught the eye.

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For Huma, a 64 game sample size is a reasonable period to evaluate talent at the rookie-level, especially when that talent is age equivalent to that of a high school junior. Huma finished with a just-below average 92 wRC+, which speaks volumes. The speedster also showed his base path quickness, swiping 20 games.

While not a big power guy, Huma did help the offense in many other ways. He still drove in 24 runs, with a solid across-the-board strikeout and walk rate. Huma’s strikeout rate sat at exactly ten percent, while the walks were near that same result, at 10.4 percent.

The power will most likely ever be a thing for Huma as he hit just a single home run that year. Still, a start for a young kid like this with that competition gave individuals something to invest in, and that is Huma’s talent.