It's possible that Alexander Canario's name was never spoken by a Midwestern baseball fan before July 30. Not two weeks later, the 21-year-old outfielder is making himself hard to forget.
Acquired by the Cubs from the Giants along with right-hander Caleb Kilian in the Deadline deal for Kris Bryant, the 21-year-old outfielder has homered in four consecutive games for High-A South Bend coming into Thursday, and he's batted .308/.357/.667 with the four jacks, two doubles, a stolen base, six runs scored and 10 RBIs over nine games in the Chicago organization.
Slotted into the system as the No. 7 prospect, Canario was batting .235 with nine homers and 15 steals over 65 games for Low-A San Jose before the deal. He immediately responded to the change of scenery with a two-hit night in his first game with the Cubs, and he's since put together two more while hitting safely in every game in a South Bend uniform.
Canario, who's been praised for his bat speed but noted as strikeout-prone, has whiffed 12 times as a Cubs batter (compared with 79 times before the deal). There's been no mistaking his impact when he's connected, though. Wednesday night's homer was a 376-foot, ninth-inning shot that helped South Bend to its fifth straight win.
In addition to his 55-grade power, the Dominican-born outfielder brings a 60-grade arm to the system. After playing all three positions on the grass for San Jose this year, he's split time between right and center with the Cubs.
Kilian, who came into the Chicago organization as the No. 16 prospect, has allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings across two appearances for Double-A Tennessee since the trade. The 24-year-old had a 2.13 ERA with 98 strikeouts over 84 2/3 innings between the High-A and Double-A levels in the Giants system this year.