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Report: Cubs are calling up infield prospect

1 month agoAndy Martinez

The Cubs are dipping into their minor league depth to provide some defensive cover.

The team is calling up infielder Luis Vázquez to the major leagues, per ESPN’s Jorge Castillo (who happens to be Vázquez’s cousin). There’s no announcement on a corresponding move. Nico Hoerner has missed the last 6 games with left hamstring tightness, but manager Craig Counsell alluded to a Tuesday return before Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh.

Vázquez, 24, was added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster this winter after posting a .809 OPS in Triple-A last season. Known for his defensive prowess, Vázquez took a step forward offensively last season, helping put him on the radar this past winter.

He’s picked up where he’s left off, posting a .757 OPS and a 106 weighted runs-created plus this season while manning shortstop and playing some third base and second base. Vázquez has 3 home runs and a .262 batting average in 38 games with Iowa. 

The addition of Vázquez would give Counsell a defensive option to man shortstop or the hot corner. The Cubs are 25th in Outs Above Average (-10) and 21st in defensive runs saved (-6). They were top 10 in baseball last season in both categories.

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