Jed Hoyer: Prospects Miguel Amaya, Brennen Davis unlikely to join big league Cubs in 2022


(670 The Score) Double-A catcher Miguel Amaya and Triple-A outfielder Brennen Davis are unlikely to make their big league debuts with the Cubs late this season, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said Thursday.

Amaya, 23, had Tommy John surgery this past winter. While he has returned to the lineup, he isn’t behind the plate catching yet. He’s hitting .297 with one homer, six RBIs and an .825 OPS in nine games at Double-A in his return. Amaya is the No. 15 prospect in the Cubs organization, according to MLB Pipeline.

Davis, 22, is the Cubs’ top-ranked prospect. He had been on a path toward likely making his MLB debut in 2022 before a back injury derailed him. Davis landed on the injured list in May, then had back surgery in June.

Recently, Davis has been participating in baseball activities at the Cubs’ complex in Arizona, and he’s nearing a return to game action. Davis was named the MVP of the Futures Game in 2021 as part of the All-Star festivities.

Even with Amaya and Davis making progress, the Cubs don’t expect them to reach the big leagues late this season, Hoyer said, as he responded “probably not – no, candidly” when asked about that possibility on the Mully & Haugh Show.

“With Miguel Amaya, he’s been hitting great in Tennessee, but he’s not going to be ready defensively to do that,” Hoyer said. “So it’s unlikely that we would do that, since he can’t catch. And then with Brennen, it’s been a strange year for him. There’s been good news and bad news throughout the course of the year with his injury. The good news is that the surgery that he had was not on his discs, and so really, it’s something we expect a completely full recovery from. We need to get him back and get him the at-bats that he lost in the minor leagues, and then hopefully we’ll figure out what he can do this fall to make sure that he didn’t (slow) his development by not getting enough plate appearances. But I mean listen, the future is really bright for both guys. And I do think that it’s exciting to me so many good things have happened in the farm system this year, and two of our best prospects in Amaya and Brennen have been hurt. And even with that, I think we really think we’ve seen great advances. The future is bright for those guys, but I think it’s probably unlikely to be in Chicago this year.”

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