Although he put together a fantastic stretch at Triple-A Iowa, and there’s still upside there, outfielder Narciso Crook didn’t do quite enough this past season for the Cubs to keep him on the 40-man roster. That meant minor league free agency arrived for him at the end of the season, and now he’s moving on.
Crook is off to Boston:
I wish Crook nothing but the best, as he was one of the most positive players you’d ever read anything about. Everyone who interacted with him this past year had nothing but great things to say.
Crook, 27, hit .260/.345/.492/120 wRC+ at Iowa this past year, getting a VERY brief cup with the big league Cubs, but not drawing many starts and not sticking. He’s got tremendous power and good athleticism, but the strikeout rate (30.3% at Triple-A) could be the difference between him carving out a big league role for himself or not. I’m bummed that the Cubs couldn’t hang onto him for another year, but maybe the Red Sox can help him take another step forward.