• Tony A.

Get on the Brennan Davis Hype Train

Cubs fans, let’s get dark and depressing for a moment here. Carlos Correa has just hired Scott Boras as his agent. Meaning that the Cubs will more than likely have to commit to paying him a minimum of $325 million, the equivalent of Corey Seager, but they’re also going to have to commit to the years, placing his contract in at least the 8-10 year range which Jed Hoyer may not be keen on. He has stated that the Cubs are willing to spend money this off-season, but they are going to do so smartly. Does that mean they will still sign a superstar shortstop that can exponentially reduce the time needed for a rebuild, but has also shown that he has a hard time staying on the field for well over $300 million? Only time will tell. But, there is a glimmer of hope for the 2022 season, and that is the arrival of the number one prospect in the farm system, Brennan Davis.

Firstly, this guy soared through the Top 100 baseball prospects going into the 2020 season ranked at 78 and he now sits at 14. In 2019 while playing for South Bend, Davis put up a .305 BA, .381 OBP and .525 SLG. Obviously, there was no minor league season in 2020, but for a year that took away a lot of development for a lot of young players in the minors Davis stayed hot in the 2021 season. Across 99 games for South Bend, Tennessee and Iowa, Davis put up a .260 BA, .375 OBP and .494 SLG. As a 22 year old he is receiving great grades from scouts, finishing the 2021 season with a 55 hit, 55 power, 60 run, 55 arm, 55 field and 60 overall. Also, let's not forget that this kid is built like a tank coming in at 6’4 and 210 lbs. Davis being able to play great and consistent across all three minor league teams shows great potential and MLB estimates that he makes his debut in the 2022 season, which I really hope is true because how do you keep this much talent and potential down in the minor leagues any longer.

Davis looks to keep his consistent play once he reaches the majors and that will hopefully get him some playing time in a dreadful outfield. He’s a great depth piece and could honestly come in and get one of the starting jobs as Happ, Heyward, and Clint Frazier won’t be all too great. Happ has been highly inconsistent but does have a high ceiling and I would like some improvement in that department. Heyward is just bad. He had one above average season in 2020 and that’s it. And he’s no longer an elite defender statistically, so at this point I’m just waiting for his contract to end so we can get his money off the books. Clint Frazier is more a wait and see situation as he can be a great player and maybe getting out of the Bronx can help him, but the vertigo is something to watch out for. I would like to show some love to Rafael Ortega as he had a career year as a Cub and I hope he continues to get playing time in center. We could see an outfield rotation of Ortega, Happ, Frazier, and eventually Davis. Then we just patiently wait for PCA to come up in the farm and this outfield is looking dangerous.

As always Cubs fans we have to look to the better days that lie ahead for the organization. I truly believe that Brennan Davis will be a game changer and will lead the next core of guys in the next few years, and you should too. Go Cubs!

-Tony Anaya (Twitter: @anayaL8TR)

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