Chicago Cubs: South Bend – Tyler Durna, 1B
I wrote about Tyler Durna a couple of years back as a potential option who could one day take first base over. After a strong 2019 campaign, Durna has held his own in 2021 and currently holds a 114 wRC+ over his first 21 games. Durna finds himself on this list as, over the past week, the 24-year-old has slashed .381/.435/.571, posting a 1.006 OPS and a 181 wRC+.
He has managed a 14.8 percent walk rate to just an 11.4 percent strikeout rate and has just one game in the past ten days without a hit, including a pair of three and four-hit games. Durna carried South Bend on Sunday in a significant way, as he went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.
Durna has time to continue to develop. The rest of this year at South Bend will be telling where he goes in the future, but there is a ton of potential for the first baseman, and the hope remains he will build on his streaks and find a level of consistency this year and beyond.