Tuesday night was a significant one for the Chicago Cubs organization as their number one overall prospect, outfielder Brennen Davis, made his debut with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Iowa was on the road taking on the Omaha Storm Chasers at Werner Park. Davis, 21, is MLB.com’s 14th ranked prospect overall and comes in ranked 13th by FanGraphs. He finished 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs, a deep flyout to center and three RBI in an I-Cubs’ 8-1 victory.
Not only did he hit multiple home runs, he hit them, back-to-back, in his first pair of Triple-A plate appearances. Both home runs were towering fly balls to left field. His first shot was a solo home run on an 0-2 breaking ball that stayed in the zone. It was an absolute no-doubter as it landed well up on the berm at Werner Park.
His second home run was a two-run shot on an 0-1 fastball that just landed just out of the reach of a leaping Dairon Blanco at the wall. Safe to say the promotion did not overpower the 21-year-old, and he was able to make an immediate impression in his Triple A debut. Fans will be calling for him to be up with the MLB club [almost] as much as Chicago Bears fans are calling for Justin Fields to be the starting quarterback.
Davis now has 17 total home runs and a total of 39 extra-base hits this season between High-A South Bend, Double-A Tennessee and the I-Cubs.
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Davis was not the only Cubs prospect having a good time Tuesday night. Alfonso Rivas (Cubs 30th-ranked prospect) hit his first career MLB home run in the Cubs’ 6-3 win over the Phillies. Owen Caissie (team’s ninth-ranked prospect) got on base four times with a hit and three walks for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Kevin Made (team’s17th-ranked prospect) had two hits and made a great catch at short for the Pelicans. Greg Deichmann (team’s 22nd ranked prospect) was 3-for-5 with the I-Cubs, as he and Davis drove in a combined six of the team’s eight runs.
Cristian Hernandez, 17, is getting more love from baseball experts as he continues to tear up the DSL. The team’s third-ranked prospect has made the top-100 prospect list by Baseball America. Only 17, this is pretty significant as there is major upside with this kid. In his first 41 DSL games, Hernandez is slashing .303/.406/.458 with 16 stolen bases and five home runs.
It feels like Davis is right on the cusp of getting his first crack at the majors. Whether it is the final days of 2021 or in 2022, Cubs fans will not wait too long for their top prospect to make his MLB debut. Hopefully, his first night in Triple-A help his confidence even further and he can stay hot at the plate and finish 2021 strong regardless of where he plays.