(670 The Score) One of the bright spots in the Cubs’ rough season has been rookie sensation Christopher Morel.
In his MLB debut on May 17, Morel homered in his first at-bat. He has been making a big impact since, as he’s hitting .264 with five homers, 15 RBIs and an .805 OPS in 31 games. Morel’s love of the game has also been plenty evident.
"This chance to be with the team is like family to me," Morel said. “It's great to go out and play for these fans. I am so grateful for the chance, and I thank God for giving me this opportunity. I am taking advantage of this the best I can.
“It's really incredible that they have given me this great opportunity to play every day. I am so thankful to the Cubs and the coaches for having a chance to show my talents. My plan each day is to show what I can do and never lessen my confidence when I am in the batter's box. I just try to execute to the best of my abilities.”
Morel has been in a minor slump lately, going 1-of-12 in three games against the Braves over the weekend, but it hasn’t affected his swagger.
“I only focus on what I can control,” Morel said. “If things don't work out, they don't. I want to thank the fans for their support. They give me a lot of energy to help give me a good at-bat and thank the coaches also who help me each day.”
Morel, 22, has also had an uplifting effect in the Cubs clubhouse.
“He brings a lot of positive feelings out of me,” veteran catcher Willson Contreras said. “He has shown me a lot of love for the game and his teammates as well. I learned a lot from Pedro Strop and a lot from this kid (Morel) over here. They showed me that it doesn't matter if you have a bad stretch or bad day. They both always keep a smile on their face. That is something I learned from both of them – to keep my best attitude during a bad stretch and everything that is happening for us right now.”
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.