Brennen Davis off to great start in Chicago Cubs Spring Training

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With pitchers and catchers reporting today, it's nice to see Chicago Cubs' top prospects like Brennen Davis already crushing baseballs in Spring Training.

It's never been a question of Davis' ability to hit the ball for power. The good thing is that after 2022 was a complete wash for the former #1 Cubs prospect, he certainly appears healthy. Should he stay that way and find his swing again in Triple-A Iowa, 2023 will be a critical year for both Davis regarding what he can bring to the table right away and for the Cubs' plans moving forward. Most importantly, the biggest hope for him was just that he enters Spring Training without any setbacks.

Before his back issues flared up again, Davis slashed .278/.381/.667 after five games in the Arizona Fall League a few months ago. His promise when healthy has made him deserving of a top 100 prospect spot in multiple lists in recent years.

Since making the jump from High-A to Double-A to Triple-A in 2021, he has since appeared in 153 games total, including just 43 in 2022 in Iowa after two five-game rehab stints between rookie ball and High-A South Bend last season. Revisiting his production when healthy is indicative of the player he can be.

In 2021, once he was called up to Triple-A, Davis got hot, recording a .268/.397/.536 line with a .407 wOBA and 150 wRC+ in the 15 games and 68 plate appearances he took before the season concluded. It's not just the bat, however, Davis has been considered a potential five-tool player for quite some time now:

MLB scouting grades on a 20-80 grading scale:

Hit: 50
Power: 60
Run: 50
Arm: 55
Field: 55

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Even with all the issues he has experienced lately, it speaks volumes that he is still ranked as the #2 prospect in the Cubs organization by some outlets. Fangraphs still lists him with an FV of 55, and there's no lack of belief that Davis can't be an exceptional player moving forward. He will likely start the year in Iowa unless h is crushing it at Spring Training and a spot opens up due to injury. Here's to wishing him the best and hoping this is the year he puts it all together.