Chicago Cubs: Checking in on the Cubs top 5 hitting prospects

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The Chicago Cubs selected Davis in the second round of the MLB Draft. He was a basketball star in high school but gave up basketball to pursue his true passion of becoming a baseball player.

The Chicago Cubs selected Brennen Davis in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft out of Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona. The lanky Davis was a basketball star there before shifting his focus to baseball. He stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 195 pounds. However, he is just 19 years of age, so he should be able to fill out his frame.

It was a struggle to sign Davis to a contract, as he was reportedly asking for near $1.5 million to sway his decision to de-commit from the University of Miami. He signed for $1.1 million and played in the Arizona Fall League, slashing 0.298/0.431/0.333 with two doubles, three runs-batted-in, ten walks, and twelve strikeouts in just 18 games.

He has yet to play a game in 2019, but Davis is an on-base machine. Once on the bases, he has blazing speed that scouts are raving about (via

"Though Davis’ right-handed swing and pitch recognition still need refinement, he has the tools to become a 30-30 player if he hits. With his bat speed and the leverage and projectable strength in his 6-foot-4 frame, he can punish the ball when he connects. He’s also a well above-average runner who should wreak havoc on the bases once he hones his instincts. With his quickness, Davis should have little trouble staying in center field, though he still needs to refine his reads and routes. His solid arm strength gives him the ability to play all three outfield spots if needed. He has made significant progress since committing to baseball and the Cubs believe he’ll continue to improve."

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Brennen Davis is extremely raw but he has an extremely high ceiling. If all goes to plan, he figures to see the big leagues in 2022.