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Cubs Double-A Hitter of the Week: 1B Haydn McGeary

.500/.593/.955 5/4 BB/K, 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 R, 8 RBI, 1-1 SB

Haydn McGeary is super interesting to me. He’s not very young, but he’s in his first full professional season as the Cubs selected him out of a small college in the 15th round in the 2022 MLB Draft.

Since then, the man has just gone out there and mashed. This week he got on base in almost 60 percent of his plate appearances, hit three homers, stole a base and walked more than he struck out. He is still listed as a catcher on most depth charrts, but he’s going to be a first base/designated hitter type of guy and it seems so far that he has the bat to carry either position. 

It’s unfair to compare someone (especially a 15th round rookie) to Kyle Schwarber, but checking the box scores daily and seeing him go 2-for-3 with two walks reminds a ton of Schwarber’s short time in the minor leagues. If McGeary continues to obliterate pitchers at Double-A, there’s every chance in the world that he’ll be given a shot at the Triple-A level and be just one phone call away from Wrigley Field where his approach represents something the Cubs always covet from their hitters.