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When will Cubs promote Pete Crow-Armstrong to Triple-A Iowa?

11 months agoTony Andracki

Pete Crow-Armstrong continues to play so well that the question grows louder: When will the Cubs promote him to Triple-A Iowa?

The organization’s unquestioned top prospect began this season at Double-A Tennessee and at some point in the coming weeks, we could see him at Iowa — just one step away from Wrigley Field.

Crow-Armstrong, who turned 21 in March, ranks as the No. 9 prospect in the game by MLB Pipeline on the most recent list.

He is hitting .280/.363/.491 (.854 OPS) in 53 games in Double-A with 9 homers, 4 triples, 10 doubles, 44 runs and 45 RBI. He is also 19-for-26 in stolen base attempts.

Crow-Armstrong has impressed the Cubs with his patience at the plate, nearly doubling his walk rate (8.2%) this season compared to his stint in Advanced Class-A last year (4.9% walk rate).

He has drawn 11 walks in June and has been hot over the last month, hitting .312/.413/.581 (.993 OPS) with 26 RBI in his last 24 games.

“PCA right now is on a really good trajectory just in terms of what he’s been able to do offensively,” Cubs GM Carter Hawkins said Wednesday afternoon. “His walk rates have gone up. His plate discipline has been really good. His defense has continued to be at the high clip that he already was at.

“So from that standpoint, we’re just really excited about what he’s doing right now in Double-A. I think those conversations [to promote him to Triple-A] will start towards the second half here. But right now, we’re just excited about the progress he’s making.”

Crow-Armstrong will represent the Cubs in the Futures Game in July during the All-Star Week.

He’ll be joined by his Tennessee teammate, B.J. Murray, in Seattle for the prospect showcase.

Murray, 23, is a corner infielder who has also seen some time at second base and DH this season in Double-A. He has a patient approach at the plate, posting a .376 on-base percentage with 42 walks in 65 games.

The switch-hitting Murray has 27 extra-base hits (including 7 homers), 36 RBI and an .823 OPS.

He enjoyed a breakout season in the Cubs minor league system last year, hitting .286 with a .410 OBP at a pair of Class-A levels. The Cubs made Murray their 15th round pick in 2021 out of Florida Atlanta University.

“Really interesting kid,” Hawkins said. “He grew up in the Bahamas, went to Florida Atlantic, has hit at every level. He’s still pretty young, switch-hitter, first baseman, a guy that just has a real good feel for the barrel, great plate discipline — the little things that typically lead to production at the upper levels.

“And he hasn’t given us any reason to think that they’ll stop doing it. Really excited he got this opportunity.”

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