Chicago Cubs Prospects of the Week include a potential September call-up

The Chicago Cubs had some stellar individual performances this week on the farm especially from some of their 2023 draftees like infielders Matt Shaw and Brian Kalmer.
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Cubs A Hitter of the Week: 3B Brian Kalmer (23 Years Old)

.412/.476/.765 2 HR, 6 R, 8 RBI

It would appear the Cubs drafted very well this season. There were three players in the running for the top hitter at Low-A this week and two of the three were players that the Cubs drafted after the tenth round in Kalmer and Jonathon Long. 

Neither player is going to impress in the field with their glove work. That being said, the two of them both had an OPS over 1.000 and double-digit home runs. Kalmer still hasn’t reached 100 at-bats as a professional, but he’s carrying a .352/.422/.659 slash line with seven homers. He is someone that could be in AA Tennessee early in the season next year.

Cubs A Pitcher of the Week: RHP Sam Armstrong (22 Years Old)

1 G, 3 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 5 K

Armstrong is another one of the 2023 draftees that the Cubs found after the tenth round. The college pitcher could be a fast-mover and this week he came away with two victories by pitching in the middle innings which will likely be his role as he continues to develop within the Cubs organization.

The thing that great teams have to do is find talent at every possible opportunity. They’ll never have the compensatory picks that small-market teams like the Rays and Cardinals get. They won’t have the deep pockets that the Mets and Yankees have. So they’ll have to find good players and develop them into better players at every possible turn. Hopefully, that’s what they can do with Armstrong by parlaying this strong week into a strong future.

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