The Chicago Cubs already have one champ in the farm system, and the Tennessee Smokies will try to keep their season alive tonight against Rocket City at 6:35 PM CT. The starter for the Smokies will be Ben Brown, who has emerged as one of the top bullish arms in the system.
Elsewhere in the Cubs system…
- There are no obscene words or phrases that I can shout out loud enough to capture my entire reaction to this news:
- Miguel Amaya, who finally got back to batting in the Double-A mid-season after Tommy John’s last surgery – and was flirting! – He was then supposed to finally return to the Arizona Fall League. But late in the Double-A season, he picked up an ankle injury that now looks pretty serious. We knew it was bad enough Keeping him off the AFL preliminary roster, but I was hoping it was just a sprain that needed a month or two of rest. This is obviously more complicated than that, and I don’t know how much we can actually say from the post there. It certainly doesn’t look good.
- We’ll wait for word on rehab and the schedule, but that’s too bad for any hopes you might have of Amaya being the third Cubs catcher next year – and a backup that could develop in Triple-A while getting some exposure to the big league. He’s only 23, so it’s not like he’s still young; But you’re talking about wasting a lot of key development time. I was hoping he *could* emerge as a fallback or starter of a viable big league (with the upside) by 2024. Now back to having no real idea if he could contribute at all or when.
- In better news, a day after his teammate Alexandre Canario tied 34 of his teammates on the season, Matt Murvis last hit home yesterday:
- That was Murvis saying, “Hey, I’m really happy for you, Alexander, and you’re having a great season, but I’m going to need to get that lead back, thanks.” In all seriousness, it’s insane that the Cubs have two prospects who have gone from High-A to Double-A to Triple-A this year and have 34+ homes in the season.
- While Homer wasn’t in the game, Canario had another big one, which has now pushed its Triple-A line to .244/.407/.488/141 wRC+ 54 board appearances. He’ll finish the season with insane numbers… and finish third in the Minor League Player of the Year behind Mirvis and Pete Crowe-Armstrong. This season in minors was very cold.
- Speaking of which, congratulations once again to the Midwest League champions:
- Congratulations to Director Lance Rymel as well:
- A big league start tonight is still technically a possibility, so he praised Hayden Wisinski: