Pete Crow-Armstrong sent a resounding message to the Cubs' brass this week

The young outfield prospect torched Triple-A pitching, earning International League Player of the Week honors with his efforts.
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In no world should Nick Madrigal be on the Chicago Cubs big league roster over Pete Crow-Armstrong. But that's the world we currently live in - and PCA is doing everything he can to force his way back to Chicago sooner rather than later.

Crow-Armstrong brought home International League Player of the Week honors in his first week back at Triple-A after completely decimating Indianapolis Indians pitching over a six-game stretch: he batted .444, scoring 10 runs, stealing five bases, hitting three long balls and driving in seven.

The longer PCA was in Chicago, the more comfortable he looked at the plate and on the basepaths - not to mention what he did on a nightly basis patrolling the outfield. The last week suggests there's not much left for him to prove at Iowa, making it seem like a matter of when, not if, he'll be back with the MLB squad this summer.

On the year, Crow-Armstrong has an .838 OPS at Triple-A, including an impressive and unexpected .528 slugging percentage. It's clear he has a lot to offer the Cubs - and it's not hard to figure out how to make the roster juggling work.

Cubs are better with Pete Crow-Armstrong on the big league roster

Swapping PCA for Madrigal, you can shift Cody Bellinger to first base and Michael Busch to first. A starting outfield of Ian Happ, Crow-Armstrong and Seiya Suzuki more than gets the job done, especially with Happ starting to find his stroke at the plate.

Patrick Wisdom can see time at first, third and DH, allowing Counsell to shift Morel to second or short when Nico Hoerner or Dansby Swanson need a breather. The Cubs want Morel to be the everyday third baseman, but the production you're getting from Madrigal isn't cutting it. Chicago is better off using Morel as needed around the infield and bringing PCA back from Iowa, especially given how rocky things have been of late.

The ball is in Jed Hoyer's court now. Crow-Armstrong went back to Triple-A and did exactly what was asked of him. The time is now to bring him back to Wrigley and let him settle in for the long haul.