With the 62nd pick overall in the second round of the 2018 MLB draft, the Chicago Cubs selected Brennen Davis, an outfielder from Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona.
In the three years since, the now 21-year-old has been making significant strides in the Cubs farm system. The ingredients in Davis’ game is a concoction of plus grades in all five categories: speed, hitting, power, fielding and arm strength. To get to know the top prospect a little better, let’s take a look at his numbers thus far in his minor league career.
More from Cubbies Crib
- Cubs should keep close eye on non-tender candidate Cody Bellinger
- Cubs starting pitching has been thriving on the North Side
- Make no mistake: the Cubs are very much about power hitters
- Cubs are giving pitcher Javier Assad a deserved shot
- Cubs: It’s time to start thinking about potential September call-ups
Starting in the Arizona League in 2018 during his first taste of pro ball, he slashed .298/.431/.333 in 57 at–bats. The potential of the young teenager immediately became clear if it wasn’t already at that point. The Cubs knew they had someone special in their system and it became ever the more evident the following year.
That next season, skipping Low-A with Myrtle Beach, Davis found himself heading directly to South Bend to play for the organization’s Class-A affiliate in the Midwest League. Davis unfortunately wound up injuring his finger twice which limited him to a mere 50 games. However, he still slashed an admirable .305/.381/.525.
Boasting nearly a .200 point increase in slugging percentage from his Arizona League showing a year prior, Davis blasted eight long balls to go along with another 12 extra-base hits and 30 runs driven in 177 ABs.
Unfortunately the 2020 campaign was lost due to the pandemic, which halted a lot of players’ development and held many back from where they could otherwise be today. Nevertheless, in 2021, he was hit in the head by a pitch and missed a month’s time. Once healthy, the young outfielder flew out of the gate, slashing .321/.406/.607 in eight games at High-A and was swiftly called up to Double-A to play for the Tennessee Smokies.
Though Davis has recently been on a little bit of a cold streak, going hitless in his last few contests, his line is currently a healthy .260/.375/.503 with nine homers and 26 RBI in 169 at-bats. He currently sports a .243 ISO and wRC+ of 142. In 192 1/3 innings in 2021, Davis has only committed two errors, to go along with an error-less campaign two years ago.
The more time Davis spends in professional baseball, the more accolades he amasses.
Chicago Cubs: Hardware keeps coming for Brennen Davis
As Davis continues to play baseball, the accolades keep rolling in. In the 2021 All-Star Futures Game, Davis became only the third player ever to hit two home runs in the event, earning MVP honors in the process. He later went on to become the Minor League Player of the Month for July. He has climbed the ranks of the prospects list, landing at #44 in MLB and #2 in the Cubs organization, according to MLB Pipeline.
Though likely at least another year to a year-and-a-half away from big league action, the promising young outfielder’s ability is eye-opening. What makes him so special is he currently grades out to above average no matter which facet of his game you want to evaluate, giving him real capability to become a five-tool player, a rarity in today’s game.
Should he harness his full potential he can easily become one of the game’s greats and the next fan-favorite Chicago Cubs player.