Cubs invite top prospect Brennen Davis to big league camp

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Top prospects in baseball can have loads of pressure on them from the time they are drafted. All eyes from the front office to the fans are on them to perform and make it to the big leagues.

Chicago Cubs top prospect Brennen Davis, continues to show promise as he works his way to the big leagues. Davis is either number one or two in the Chicago farm system depending on which rankings you look at. The other top prospect is lefty flame-thrower Brailyn Marquez, who we saw pitch in the bigs and the end of last season.

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This week, the Cubs added Davis to the mix in big league camp in Arizona, marking his first invite

On Wednesday Davis was added to the Spring Training roster, his first invitation to Major League camp. The spot for Davis was opened up after left-handed pitcher D.J. Snelten arrived at camp with an elbow injury. The Cubs ended up sending Snelten home because of the injury. This opened a spot in big league camp.

In 2020 Davis was invited to be at the alternate site in South Bend. David Ross spoke about how important it was to his development to be at the alternate site.

"“Not everybody got to get the work that that Brennen did last year in South Bend,” Cubs manager David Ross said Wednesday. “So, everybody’s in a different place, and it’s nice when you get to come into this type of environment, see MVPs, Gold Glovers, Silver sluggers, All-Stars all around the field, and watch how they work and their routines. And you can learn a lot from that.”"

Davis spent some time with the big league team during summer camp last season as well. He played in some inter-squad scrimmages.

Cubs: Davis has impressed in his short time in professional baseball

In 18 games in Rookie ball, Davis hit .298. Then in 2019 Davis started in Low-A in South Bend and the plan was for him to play every day in the outfield. That didn’t happen because he only played 50 games because of a wrist injury. In those 50 games though, Davis hit .305 with eight homers (second on the team) and 30 RBI. If he had played a full season Davis would have put up some monster numbers.

2020 was supposed to be a big development year for Davis but that never happened. That’s why it was so important that he was invited to the alternate site and was able to work the entire summer.

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Davis is expected to be on the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans to start the year in 2021. Most in the game expect him to reach Double-A Tennessee at some point this summer.