Chicago Cubs News: Matt Shaw raking, Mychal Givens available, and more
Chicago Cubs 2023 first-round draft pick Matt Shaw raking with the South Bend Cubs.
Chicago Cubs 2023 first-round draft pick Matt Shaw debuted as the team's sixth overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline's latest prospect rankings.
When the Cubs selected Shaw, the belief was that his bat would lead to the middle infielder quickly ascending through the team's minor league system.
After only three games in the Arizona Complex League, Shaw was assigned to the South Bend Cubs at the High Class-A level. Shaw wasted no time in adjusting to the pitching as he has dominated with the South Bend Cubs.
Prior to Sunday's game, Shaw was slashing .345/.387/.621 through his first 7 games with South Bend while registering a 176 wRC+.
At this rate, it would not be a surprise to see Shaw finish the season with Double-A Tennessee. In fact, that may be the expectation. It's very possible that Shaw follows a Nico Hoerner-type path to the Major League level and is with the Chicago Cubs by September of next season.
Positionally, Shaw has played exclusively at shortstop besides one game as a designated hitter. Of course, Shaw's path to the Major League level will not be at the shortstop position but a move to third base hasn't been ruled out.
Baltimores Orioles designate former Chicago Cubs reliever Mychal Givens for assignment.
The Baltimore Orioles have designated reliever Mychal Givens for assignment.
Injuries limited Givens to 6 appearances this season but the veteran is fully healthy and may be a valuable addition to a team that is in need of bullpen help. Givens started the 2022 season with the Chicago Cubs and posted a 2.66 ERA in 40 appearances before being traded to the New York Mets at last season's trade deadline.
While the Cubs certainly would prefer a left-handed veteran reliever, given their history with Givens, the team may be willing to take a flier on the veteran.
Chicago Cubs Probable Pitchers vs Chicago White Sox.
The Chicago Cubs are off on Monday but will host the Chicago White Sox for two games at Wrigley Field on Tuesday and Wednesday.
1. Tuesday, 7:05 pm CST
Kyle Hendricks will get the start for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, with Touki Toussaint of the Chicago White Sox.
2. Wednesday, 7:05 pm CST
The Chicago Cubs have yet to officially announced their starting pitcher for Wednesday's game but the expectation is that it will be Marcus Stroman as he returns from the IL.