A power-hitting left-handed bat that can play a corner infield position
Matt Mervis 1B Iowa Cubs
One of the top prospects to start the year, Matt Mervis obviously struggled to say the least in his first stint with the major league club. He batted just .167/.242/.289 with four times as many strikeouts as walks and just five extra-base hits.
However, in July in Iowa Mervis has hit .309/.436/.481 with nearly as many walks (17) as strikeouts (25) and is working on his swing to not be overpowered by good left-handed pitching as easily.
The team is looking for a player that matches Mervis’ profile to a T. I fully understand that he was hard to watch and truly terrible in his first taste of the majors, but he’s earned another shot and unless the Cubs intend to use Bellinger as their left-handed power bat that can play first base, he’s the best option they have without absolutely breaking the prospect bank.
The closest player to this profile that the Cubs could have acquired would have been CJ Cron, and he (along with Randal Grichuk) came with a price tag of two of the Los Angeles Angels' top-thirty prospects.