Chicago Cubs Prospects

Cubs Minors: Jordan Nwogu had himself a week to remember

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The Chicago Cubs have been picking up serious steam at almost every level of the organization and now Jordan Nwogu is the latest to step up after having a sensational week. Nwogu is the Cubs’ third-round pick from the 2020 MLB draft. Since he joined the organization, the slugger has displayed a unique skill set.

As a former prospect out of the University of Michigan, the Cubs figured they would need to help Nwogu to make some tweaks in his game. However, given his college experience, the level of polishing he’s needed has been a bit lighter than anticipated – especially when compared to a kid coming straight out of high school.

Nwogu is only 23 years old, which fits the overall scope of the Cubs system in terms of bringing a much-improved level of play into this season and, at the same time, finding his health and his talent. So far this season, Nwogu is slashing .251/.354/.473 through 75 games in High-A.

The big right-handed, power-hitting outfielder has seen that transformational shift in each facet of his game this season, and this week he put together one of the most substantial stretches of his young career.

Cubs Minors: Jordan Nwogu putting his name in the books

Nwogu currently carries a 128 wRC+ this season, and the rise in his offensive numbers has been another bright spot for an otherwise tough season for Cubs baseball. This week, Nwogu accomplished a feat not seen since 2005 by a prospect in the Chicago system, and something never accomplished by Nwogu himself at any level of baseball – a three-home run game.

Just a couple of nights ago, Nwogu had a four-hit night, including those three long balls, finishing with four RBI and five runs scored. He ranked it as the biggest moment of his baseball career. Nwogu’s three-home run game allowed him to finish the week with a .313/.450/.875 line and a pair of stolen bases to go along with the long balls.

Nwogu has shown vast improvement since last season and something the Cubs will need to continue to monitor as he continues closer to making a case for some time in Double-A. To give credit to this paltry season, the club is managing their prospects in a much healthier fashion, refusing to push them to levels they are not yet ready for.

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The former Wolverine quietly continues to fly under the radar, however, and that should excite Cubs fans. Rising into the top ten systems, there is much to love about these prospects, and Nwogu can add his name to the list. Congratulations to Nwogu for such a stellar feat and season to this point. It is exactly the type of excitement the fans need this year.

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