The Chicago Cubs are hoping to hang on to one of the Wild Card spots. They are bringing up an exciting young option in hopes of solidifying their place over the final few weeks.
Jeff Passan of ESPN reported on Monday that the Cubs plan on promoting top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong prior to Tuesday’s game. The Cubs will need to make a move to add him to their 40 man roster.
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The Cubs had essentially stolen Crow-Armstrong from the Mets, acquiring the then injured outfielder for Javier Baez and Trevor Williams. Once healthy, he skyrocketed up the prospect rankings, a consensus top 25 player. That ranking is only likely to improve as he has grown into a potential five tool player with his burgeoning power.
Crow-Armstrong has had an impressive showing in the minors this season to justify his ascension up the prospect ranks. He has posted a .283/.365/.511 batting line in 500 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting 20 homers and 26 doubles while stealing 37 bases. He has also gone on a grand slam barrage, hitting four this season and two in the past week. Although his strikeout rate is higher than the Cubs may have liked, it does not change the fact that he is one of the more dynamic players in the minors.
He should also make an immediate impact on the Cubs lineup. Mike Tauchman has been excellent defensively but has not hit at all in his last 25 games. Cody Bellinger could play center, but his knee injury has effectively limited him to first and the designated hitter role. Crow-Armstrong should provide similar defense to Tauchman while adding much more to the lineup.
The Chicago Cubs are bringing Pete Crow-Armstrong to the majors. He could be their x-factor over the final few weeks.