Chicago Cubs: Top five minor league moments of 2019

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Chicago Cubs: Hit streak and a hot streak

Andy Weber is one of the most underrated prospects in the Cubs’ organization. Currently handling shortstop in South Bend, Weber put up some impressive numbers just a year after moving up from Class-A Short Season Eugene. At the end of 127 games, encompassing 544 plate appearances, Weber slashed .275/.338/.400 with a 113 wRC+.

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Honing in on Weber’s ‘moment’ of the year, however, it is crucial to focus on how impressive a necessary 11 game span turned into something out of a video game. From the end of July into the first week of August, Weber slashed .467/.537/.622 with a 1.159 OPS.

A few specific numbers stick out about this streak regarding Weber. First and foremost is his BB/K rate. Over the 55 plate appearances, Weber walked 12.7 percent of the time while striking out at just a 9.1 percent rate. He posted a positive 1.40 BB/K rate, which is insane.

Secondly, Weber’s production is his .156 ISO and his 227 wRC+. He did not hit a single home run, but the power off his bat is something to be indebted with, especially since Weber had only posted a number close to that one time. Weber did find strength in South Bend, swatting three home runs, but his moment came over a week and a half stretch, and my goodness was it something to witness.