Among the very good news, as it relates to Cubs prospect-dom and the lockout, is that Brennen Davis will not have his Spring Training or the start of his season disrupted by any of the doings in the big leagues. He is not yet on the 40-man roster, and thus is not subject to the CBA stuff.
Of course, the very not good news is that, with the MLB season in limbo, who knows when we might see Davis patrolling center field at Wrigley, even if and when he’s ready.
In the meantime, though, Davis will undoubtedly show off a new set of offseason adjustments in the spring – he always does – and then head to Des Moines to play for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. That was always the plan anyway, so no issue there. Davis raked at Double-A Tennessee last year and the results were similarly rake-y in a short stint at Iowa to end the year, but there were at least some swing and miss questions, and overall he has such limited pro experience that a half-season at Iowa is likely a good thing no matter what. Obviously if he completely forces the issue with those adjustments, and the big league team is back to playing, well, whatever. Bring him up!
Oh yeah, the other point of this post. Pundits still think Davis is a stud.
Baseball America has been doing positional rankings, and just dropped its center field list. Right there at number two, behind only Tigers prospect Riley Greene (one of the ten best prospects in the game), is Brennen Davis. He ranks ahead of the Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll and the Padres’ Robert Hassell III.
Given the importance of your up-the-middle players, and given long-term questions about Davis in center or right field, I’m loving seeing him at number two on a list like this. You could extrapolate it from the top 100 overall rankings, but still. The Cubs have a very, very good impact prospect at the highest level of the minor leagues. Been a long time for that.
A little @BrennenDavis__ taking cuts in Mesa, AZ
He's a powerful man. pic.twitter.com/dXGrnOy0pY
— Cubs Insider (@realcubsinsider) February 25, 2022