Friday marks the first day that the Chicago Cubs can add an additional position player and pitcher to their Major League Roster as rosters are set to expand to 28 and it would seem likely that a top prospect will be among the players added.
It is important to note that the Cubs are not required to add the players specifically on September 1 as Major League teams may opt to keep prospects at the minor-league level to finish their respective seasons.
With the Cubs in the middle of a push for the post-season, it would seem likely that the Cubs will take advantage of the additional roster space sooner as opposed to later.
While the attention has been on top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong as a potential September call-up for the Cubs, it is another top outfield prospect that appears to be more likely.
Alexander Canario has been tearing the cover off the ball with the Iowa Cubs over the course of the past month and there seems to be momentum toward the idea of Canario being the position player that is added.
"There is internal support behind the idea of moving Canario up to the majors, but no decision has been made yet. His track record within the farm system has shown that he usually struggles at first, but with consistent playing time, he eventually adjusts and quickly turns into a highly productive offensive force. Those everyday at-bats won’t be available for him yet, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have any value."- Patrick Mooney via The Athletic
Canario is slashing .311/.364/.644 with an insane OPS of 1.008 during the month of August with 7 home runs and a wRC+ of 140. It is a sign that Canario has fully recovered from the freak ankle and shoulder injury that he suffered last fall.
For a Cubs' team that has lacked consistent power for most of the season, Canario would certainly be a potential solution.