Cubs AA Hitter of the Week: OF Jordan Nwogu (24 Years Old)
.316/.316/.474 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
Nwogu wasn’t as dominant this week as he was last week but he continued to ride his hot streak. Through July he was hitting just .176/.262/.338 but he’s completely turned that around with a white-hot August.
For the month of August, he hit .276/.345/.579 with six of his 16 total homers for the season. Drafted out of the University of Michigan, it’s taken Nwogu a little bit of time to get used to professional baseball but if he can finish this season strongly then he could be a valuable bench outfielder or trade piece in the next couple of seasons.
Cubs AA Pitcher of the Week: RHP Cade Horton (22 Years Old)
1 G, 5 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Cade Horton has been a beast this entire season. He was a player that many scouts questioned because he had a tremendously hot end to his final season at Oklahoma, but he basically came out of nowhere to do that.
The questions that swirled around him were reasonable. Was that strong finish and the subsequent helium worthy of a top-ten draft pick? The answer has been a very loud, unequivocal YES. Horton was great to start the season at Low-A Myrtle Beach putting together a 1.26 ERA over 14.1 innings. He was solid at High-A South Bend with a 3.83 ERA over 47 innings. However, he’s been spectacular at AA Tennessee with a 1.00 ERA over 18 innings with 21 strikeouts. He could be in Chicago before the end of next season.