Cubs' Davis shows Smoking bat at Double-A

August 7th, 2021

After a scorching July, Brennen Davis was off to a comparatively slow start in August. The heat is back on following Friday.

The Cubs’ No. 2 prospect reached in five of his seven plate appearances and added a homer and two doubles in Double-A Tennessee’s doubleheader at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium on Friday.

The right-handed slugger had started August 0-for-9 with six strikeouts through his first three games of the month before breaking that streak with a two-run double in the second inning of the Smokies’ 10-0 win in Game 1 of the twinbill. He had driven in the contest’s first run with a sacrifice fly one frame earlier and reached base again in the seventh when he was hit by a pitch.

Davis kept the power coming in the nightcap, despite a 5-3 loss to the Biscuits. His RBI double in the first inning opened the scoring for either side, and he crushed a first-pitch hanging breaking ball from Montgomery right-handed starter Jack Labosky for a solo homer to left in the fourth to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage. The long ball was his 10th of the season since joining Tennessee on June 1. He was again plunked in the sixth, allowing him to reach base for the fifth time on the day, albeit in a painful way.

The No. 43 overall prospect’s cold snap to open August was never a good bet to last long. Davis was coming off a July in which he had been named Cubs Minor League Player of the Month due to his .301/.414/.675 line with seven homers and 10 doubles over 23 games. Not included in those numbers were his two dingers during the All-Star Futures Game in Denver that earned him MVP honors for the annual prospect showcase.

A 2018 second-round pick, the 21-year-old outfielder has only helped his reputation as a right-handed bat with above-average potential for both his hit and power tools this season. Friday’s performance pushed his Double-A line to .268/.383/.522 and extra-base-hit total to 26 through 52 games with the Smokies. He is one of only three players aged 21 or younger to produce a slugging percentage above .500 at the Double-A or Triple-A levels. Bobby Witt Jr. (Royals) and Mark Vientos (Mets) are the other two members of that elite company.

As the Cubs turn toward the future following their latest Trade Deadline fire sale, Davis will grab more of the spotlight on his way to Wrigley, and his latest performances prove why he’s worthy of that attention.