There may be just three weeks left in the I-Cubs 2021 season, but those sixteen games just got a major upgrade.
According to his own Instagram, as well as a couple reports on Twitter, top Cubs prospect Brennen Davis is being promoted from Double-A Tennessee, where he was already one of the youngest and best prospects in the league, to Triple-A Iowa, where he’ll presumably finish the regular season and then start next year.
Brennen Davis was already one of the best and youngest prospects at Double-A as he earned his way up to near-unanimous top-20 prospect status this season.
Now he's just a phone call away from the majors.
Triple-A Iowa, here he comes.
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) September 13, 2021
Davis, 21, was the Cubs second round draft pick in 2018 and had been hitting .256/.372/.481 (138 wRC+) in his Double-A debut, and, again, is one of the youngest players in that league.
Percentage of 2021 plate appearances against an older pitcher:
Brennen Davis: 100%
Yohendrick Pinango: 99%
Kevin Made: 99%
Ed Howard: 98%
Christopher Morel: 97%
Alexander Canario: 88%
Chase Strumpf: 88%
Nelson Velazquez: 86%
— Greg Huss (@OutOfTheVines) September 5, 2021
He also was the MVP of the Future’s Game this year.
This was a promotion we all saw coming here lately, but one that was far from a certainty at the beginning of the year. It would have been perfectly acceptable if Davis struggled at Double-A Tennessee this season, but he didn’t. Instead, he dominated. And now, he gets his promotion.
And thanks to the obvious production and overall context – as well as his positional advantage and speed/power combo – Davis has earned near-unanimous top-20 prospect consideration this season and is the undisputed top Cubs prospect at the moment. He’s a big part of the future and we can’t wait to see what’s next.
To the extent it needs to be said, a big league debut sometime next season is now entirely on the table. I don’t expect him to break camp with the Cubs — at least not without some landscape shifting changes to free agency, arbitration, and team control in the soon-to-be-updated CBA — but if it goes well, a midseason (or later) debut is a reasonable hope.
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) July 26, 2021