Davis ranked Cubs' top prospect; new HOF

August 20th, 2021

CHICAGO -- Brennen Davis went through some offensive struggles in the month of June. When the calendar flipped to July, and he was included in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, the Cubs outfield prospect was confident that he was turning a corner.

"There's peaks and valleys in a season," Davis said in July. "I feel like, as the season progresses, you'll see more consistency out of me and less of the lulls."

Davis has more than backed up that prediction.

MLB Pipeline unveiled its midseason Top 100 Prospects update this week, and it is not hard to see why Davis is not only the Cubs' new top prospect, but the No. 14-ranked prospect in baseball. The young outfielder has been on an offensive tear.

Dating back to July 1, the 21-year-old Davis has hit .298 with a 1.070 OPS for Double-A Tennessee, while winning the Futures Game MVP over the All-Star break with a two-homer performance. That followed a .232 average and .704 OPS in June.

"I have some kind of experience with it now," Davis said. "Being able to utilize film and what I know gets me back on track, and just taking things a little slower, breaking things down, going in for early work, getting a little extra, that usually does me wonders. That's kind of where I'm at."

Between High-A South Bend and Double-A Tennessee this season, Davis has slashed .284/.401/.542 with 13 homers, 22 doubles and 39 RBIs in 69 games overall. He has slashed .279/.401/.534 in 61 games at Double-A, with a .387 average and 1.298 OPS in his last 10 games, entering Friday.

On Chicago's Top 30 list, Davis moved ahead of left-hander Brailyn Marquez, who has been sidelined with a shoulder issue and is now No. 94 on Pipeline's Top 100. Shortstop Cristian Hernandez, catcher Miguel Amaya and outfielder Peter Crow-Armstrong (in that order) round out the Cubs' top 5 prospects. Chicago's top 2021 Draft pick, lefty Jordan Wicks, checks in at No. 6.

Twelve of the prospects on the Cubs' Top 30 list have been acquired (via trade, an international signing or the MLB Draft) dating back to Dec. 29, when Chicago shipped ace Yu Darvish to the Padres.

New Cubs Hall of Fame unveiled
The Cubs held a ceremony on the team's off-day on Thursday to rededicate Wrigley Field as a National Historic Landmark and to celebrate the conclusion of the 1060 Project, which renovated and expanded the old ballpark.

The Cubs also unveiled a 56-member Hall of Fame, which is located in the left-field concourse behind the bleachers and will grow in size in the coming years.

"It was an honor to work alongside the Cubs to formalize the approach to how the team bestows recognition upon those who have contributed to the rich history of the ballclub," Cubs historian Ed Hartig said in a release.

"Over the years, there have been a number of ways ownership has chosen to celebrate achievements both on and off the field, and with the new Cubs Hall of Fame, we embrace these tributes and chart the course for the future."

The Hall of Fame includes plaques to honor former players, managers, broadcasters, announcers, owners and executives. To be eligible, an individual affiliated with the Cubs will have either five or more years with the team or will have made a significant contribution to the organization through service or time.

The Hall of Fame as it stands now includes those enshrined in the original Hall of Fame (1982-86), others honored in the Walk of Fame (1992-98) and members of baseball's Hall of Fame. The team added 2021 inductee Margaret Donahue, who was Major League Baseball's first female officer who was not a team owner.

Thompson to start Saturday
The Cubs built lefty Justin Steele up as a starter at Triple-A Iowa and are now evaluating him as a part of the rotation down the stretch. Keegan Thompson has followed a similar path and will return to the big leagues on Saturday.

Cubs manager David Ross announced Friday that Thompson will be recalled to start against the Royals in the second game of this three-game set.

"It was really good stuff," Ross said of Thompson's most recent start. "Threw strikes. Strikeouts in there. Just efficient with his pitch mix. Just a normal start where he dominated."

The 26-year-old Thompson, who logged a 2.21 ERA in 27 games mostly out of Chicago's bullpen earlier this season, worked four shutout starts for Iowa. His 4 1/3 shutout frames on Sunday gave him 14 2/3 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts against five walks and five hits allowed in four Triple-A starts.