Cubs: Pete Crow-Armstrong had a monster week in South Bend
Third-ranked Chicago Cubs prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong had missed roughly two weeks of playing time due to a hand injury. Crow-Armstrong was promoted from Low-A Myrtle Beach to High-A South Bend at the end of May and sustained the injury nine games into his High-A tenure.
Since returning to the South Bend lineup on June 25, the 20-year-old prospect has been on fire at the plate. Not only a great sign to see him healthy again but also to see him begin to adjust to the next level of pitching.
Cubs prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong on a tear since making his return
The lefty-hitting outfielder has slashed .385/.393/.654 with three triples and five RBI since his return on June 25 heading into the weekend. This includes a four-hit night on Friday, his first such performance this season, in which he hit a double and a triple against Beloit. In that game we saw him spray the ball around the park, pulling line drives down the right field line and shooting the ball into the left-center field gap.
It is also worth noting that Crow-Armstrong headed into Saturday having recorded multiple hits in three of his last four games – racking up nine hits in 18 at-bats. Safe to say he has been feeling alright since returning from injury. Luckily the injury itself was not very serious, but considering the injury issues with other top prospects including Brennen Davis, it was natural for Cubs fans to be concerned.
This recent hot streak has really helped improve Crow-Armstrong’s numbers in High-A. When he first joined South Bend, he was working on adjusting to the next level of pitching. In his first nine games in South Bend he slashed .184/.184/.447 with two home runs. Now he is slashing .250/.257/.500 with a .757 OPS and 97 wRC+ in 16 total games at South Bend.
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We cannot fail to mention that Crow-Armstrong was not the only Cubs farmhand to have a big night on Friday. The Cubs farm had an incredible night with big performances from Cristian Hernandez (#2 prospect), James Triantos (#4), Kevin Made (#15), and rising star Moises Ballesteros (#27), among others.