Matt “Mash” Mervis, Walker Powell named organization Minor League player, pitcher of month
Matt Mervis’ torrid stretch was rewarded Sunday afternoon when he was named the organization’s minor league player of the month. Double-A righty Walker Powell was named the organization’s minor league pitcher of the month.
Mervis, aptly dubbed “Mash” Mervis, did just that in August. He hit .305 with 7 doubles, 4 home runs and 10 RBI in 24 games at Triple-A Iowa. And Mervis celebrated the news with a big Sunday. He was 2-for-3 with his 30th home run of the season and a game-tying 2-RBI single in the 9th against Columbus.
Home run number 30 for Matt Mervis ties the game! pic.twitter.com/ed4zCRHMv7— Iowa Cubs (@IowaCubs) September 4, 2022
Mervis, the 12th-ranked prospect on Lance Brozdowski’s Top 25 Cubs Prospects, posted a .390 on-base percentage in the month and a .926 OPS across 24 games. He’s currently on a 13-game hitting streak that began on August 18.
Mervis has had a terrific 2022, hitting .316 with 106 RBI across 3 minor league levels this season. He’s hit 9 home runs and posted a whopping 1.011 OPS in 131 at-bats with Iowa.
Powell, 26, posted a 0.44 ERA across 5 outings for Double-A Tennessee. He struck out 21 with a 0.79 WHIP in 20.1 IP. He pitched 6 scoreless innings on August 26 in a win over Rocket City. He has pitched at three levels this year and has posted a 2.76 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 30 games.
Powell was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2021.