What a fun night it was at Wrigley Field. Another Keegan Thompson masterclass on the mound, an incredible debut out of the bullpen from Brandon Hughes, and the Cubs winning their fourth game in a row and second consecutive in shutout fashion. In the end, the moment of the night had to go to another guy making his major league debut, Christopher Morel.
Late in the eighth inning, the Cubs were up 6-0 and David Ross decided to have the recent call-up make his major league debut. Morel, who is the Cubs’ 21st-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, got the call earlier in the day after Jason Heyward hit the IL. This meant Morel made the very uncommon jump from Double-A to the Major Leagues.
The whole at-bat was an extremely cool moment to begin with. All of Wrigley Field had his back the entire time, as well as the entire Cubs bench. Morel worked to a 3-2 count and all of Wrigley got to their feet cheering the kid on. Morel got a fastball down the strike zone, and absolutely did not miss. He sent the ball deep into the stands in left field, narrowly missing a Waveland souvenir in his first big league AB.
The raw emotion out of Morel was absolutely unmatched and you couldn’t help but have a smile on your face for this kid. The smiles were all over the faces of his teammates as well. From Willson Contreras all the way to David Ross, you could tell that they were ecstatic for their new player.
Morel is the first Cubs player to hit a home run in his first major league at bat since… you guessed it: Willson Contreras.
Hopefully this is signs for great things to come. Morel has been among the Cubs top prospects for a couple years now, and it is great to see him finally making his major league debut. Morel is said to have some of the best bat skills in the Cubs farm system, and he brings some much-needed versatility to the roster.
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One of the biggest reasons Morel has made his way onto this roster is because of how injury-riddled the Cubs are. Hopefully he can get a couple of starts under his belt and prove that he deserves to stay on this roster.