Cubs prospect updates: Davis, Canario, Amaya, Wicks
There are some major positive vibes coming out of the Cubs farm system lately.
On top of the organization churning out intriguing pitching options, the team’s top-ranked prospect is set to make his return to affiliate ball.
Brennen Davis landed on the IL in early May with a back injury and eventually underwent surgery to correct the issue. The 22-year-old outfielder is back and slated to play for Advanced Class-A South Bend Tuesday night in West Michigan.
Davis appeared in 5 games for the Cubs’ Arizona Complex League team last week, hitting a home run on Friday.
The goal is for Davis to work his way up to Triple-A Iowa over the next few weeks before the minor league season ends.
“He’s healthy,” Cubs VP of player development Jared Banner said. “That’s the main focus down in Arizona — getting him back on the field, making sure he’s healthy. We’re just knocking off a little bit of rust after not playing for a few months. We’re excited about what he’s gonna bring.”
The Cubs wanted to work Davis in slowly, opting to launch him in a lower-pressure environment in Class-A instead of jumping right into Triple-A.
The goal is to have Davis play out the final five weeks in the minor league season and then likely play in the Arizona Fall League.
The Cubs also promoted outfielder Alexander Canario to Triple-A Iowa this week. The 22-year-old began the year at South Bend and has continued to find success with Double-A Tennessee.
Canario has hit 31 homers so far this season with 20 stolen bases and an .895 OPS in 105 games.
“Obviously the power jumps out to you,” Banner said. “I think it’s his ability to cut down on strikeouts throughout the season this year that stood out to us. When you see that maturity at the plate develop, that’s when it’s time to give a guy a reward and that’s what the move to Triple-A is.”
Canario sits at No. 7 on Lance Brozdowski’s midseason prospect rankings.
Elsewhere on the injury front, the Cubs are optimistic catcher Miguel Amaya and pitcher Jordan Wicks will return soon.
Amaya dislocated his left ring finger in a game last week and is listed as “day-to-day.” The Cubs expect him to be out this week and hope he can return to the lineup next week.
The 23-year-old catcher returned earlier this season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He has exclusively played DH this summer as he works through a throwing program. Brozdowski ranked Amaya No. 16 on the updated list.
Wicks left his start early last weekend but that was out of an abundance of caution.
“That was very precautionary,” Banner said. “Just playing it safe. We don’t have any major causes for concern right now. We’re hopeful that he could be back at some point soon.”
Wicks — the No. 4 prospect on Brozdowski’s list — was promoted to Double-A Tennessee a few weeks ago. On the season, he is 4-6 with a 4.11 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 87.2 innings this season.