Chicago Cubs prospects: Pete Crow-Armstrong's solid Tennessee debut
Chicago Cubs top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong was the main focus of the Tennessee Smokies season opener on Thursday. The 21-year-old outfielder played in his first-ever game at the Double-A level after spending 2022 with low-A Myrtle Beach and high-A South Bend. He would end up going 2-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
As he has done many times, Crow-Armstrong showed off his speed. His first hit of the year was an infield single he was able to run out. His second hit of the game was an opposite-field single. The Smokies only recorded four hits in their 6-2 loss to the Birmingham Barons, and Crow-Armstrong had half of them.
Crow-Armstrong was not the only notable prospect in the Smokies lineup. Owen Caissie manned right field and had himself a double to left. Miguel Amaya was behind the plate, Chase Strumpf made a really nice play at second and Jordan Nwogu manned left.
The Smokies, like the other Cubs affiliates, will be worth following this year. Right now they have some of the Cubs' top prospects including Crow-Armstrong, Caissie, Amaya, Strumpf, Jordan Wicks, Ben Brown, Ryan Jensen, and DJ Herz. Hopefully, we see many of these guys play well and further work their way up. Some of these guys we can see at the MLB level sooner than later. Keep an eye on Wicks, who has the potential to be a future piece in the Cubs rotation.