5 Cubs position player prospects swinging a hot bat

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There are a lot of good things to keep track of down in the Chicago Cubs farm system. Even with devastating injuries to several top prospects, including Brennen Davis and Ed Howard, the production from the farm has still been very good. Many of these prospects are still very young, but the growth they are showing is great to see and there is a lot to be excited about.

Let’s take a quick look at five guys in the system who have been swinging a hot stick of late. NOTE: These stats are going into Sunday’s games.

Owen Caissie – Cubs #8 prospect

The key piece coming back in the Yu Darvish trade, Owen Caissie got off to a really rough start this year in high-A South Bend. However, since May 1 he has been on a tear. Since then he is slashing .295/.368/.518 with a .886 OPS, six home runs, 11 walks and 31 RBI in 31 games. The ball explodes off Caissie’s bat, and he sports a MiLB career .380 OBP.

Kevin Alcantara – Cubs #7 prospect

The key guy in the Anthony Rizzo trade, at just 19 years of age, Kevin Alcantara has shown off some impressive power. His swing is very smooth and the power to the opposite field is particularly impressive. In his last 34 games with low-A Myrtle Beach, he has seven home runs along with a .295/.376/.543 slash, nine doubles, a triple and a .918 OPS. Since May 1, he has 11 multi-hit games, including a four-hit, eight RBI performance on Sunday. FanGraphs has Alcantara as Chicago’s second-ranked prospect behind Davis.

James Triantos – Cubs #4 prospect

A second-round pick in 2021, James Triantos got off to a slow start in his first few weeks with Myrtle Beach, but since mid-April, he has been unreal. Since April 20, he is slashing .339/.411/.455 with eight doubles and four triples in 40 games. He has only one home run so far, but that should not be too much of a concern. This kid can really hit and he is only 19. Last year he hit .327/.376/.594 in the ACL. We could be looking at one of the very best pure hitters in the Cubs farm system here.

Yohendrick Pinango – Cubs #20 prospect

Yohendrick Pinango has kind of flown under the radar, but the 20-year old outfielder has displayed some impressive power in South Bend with nine homers on the season. Over the past month, he is hitting .300/.320/.570 with seven home runs, six doubles and an .890 OPS in 24 games. He even had himself a 17-game hitting streak from May 13 – June 3. Playing mostly left field, Pinango has shown off some fancy glove work as well in his time in the Cubs organization.

Alexander Canario – Cubs #18 prospect

Since coming over in the Kris Bryant deal, Cubs fans have been wowed by Alexander Canario’s home run power. While there is a lot of swing-and-miss in his bat, the power production is noteworthy. So far in June though he is on a tear, hitting .364/.432/.727 with two home runs and a 1.160 OPS. He has 14 home runs and a .862 OPS on the year between South Bend and Double-A Tennessee. When he connects, a vapor trail follows the baseball.

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It has been a rough season for the MLB club, but all around the farm there has been stuff to watch. This gives Cubs fans some hope for the future, with it growing a little each day.