Moises Ballesteros reminding Cubs fans of a former top catching prospect with a hot bat

Moises Ballesteros is forcing the issue at Triple-A Iowa, and a call-up to the Show shouldn't be far away.
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After a recent promotion to Triple-A Iowa, Chicago Cubs prospect Moises Ballesteros is off to a scorching hot start with the I-Cubs. Ballesteros' bat has always been solid, but now that he is already mashing at the highest level before the majors, he's starting to press the issue for a Cubs team that needs more offensive production.

For only 20 years old, Ballesteros is well ahead of his competition, signified by his .282/.375/.454 career slash in the minors. It's only been three games at Iowa, but he's already hit a double and a booming solo home run. Take a look at the moon shot below:

With Ballesteros swinging a hot bat, the Cubs will likely give him time to adjust, but his days in Triple-A must be numbered if he keeps it up. At such a young age, his ability to adjust so quickly proves his natural ability to hit, and the Cubs need as much of that as possible at the major league level. It's yet to be determined if he'll stick at catcher, where the Cubs will likely swap Miguel Amaya and Ballesteros if need be. Still, the emphasis here is strictly on his bat and not letting his hot hitting go to waste because the team is overly focused on trying to get Amaya to figure it out.

Chicago Cubs: Is a call-up right around the corner?

Turning back the clock to 2015, we remember when Kyle Schwarber was fast-tracked to MLB because of this hitting. So much so that he spent an entire 17 games in Triple-A before his promotion. Schwarber wound up not sticking at the defensive position he had been playing, but the point is that his bat forced the issue when the Cubs needed it. This could be a very similar situation for Ballesteros in the second half of the season if he stays hot in Iowa.

Ballesteros has flown up the leaderboard of Cubs prospects in the last two years, where he is currently #91 on MLB Pipelines' top 100. If he keeps hitting, he will likely rise in the mid-season update. Most players his age hope to get drafted out of college, whereas Ballesteros is now just one step away from the majors. The Cubs may have a genuinely remarkable hitting talent on their hands.

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