The Cubs have positioned outfielder Jason Heyward on the 10-day IL as a consequence of a left hand harm and recalled outfield prospect Greg Deichmann for his Main League debut, per a membership announcement.
Deichmann, 26, solely just lately joined the group when he was traded over from the A’s within the deal that ship lefty Andrew Chafin to Oakland. He’s had a sluggish begin in seven Triple-A video games with the Cubs, however his total physique of labor this season has been fairly robust; in 285 plate appearances, Deichmann is batting .291/.425/.439 with 4 homers, 16 doubles, three triples and eight steals (in ten tries). He’s walked at a gaudy 18.9 % clip that’s greater than double the present MLB common and punched out at a 22.8 % charge that may sit beneath immediately’s MLB common.
That eager eye on the plate is one in all Deichmann’s calling playing cards and one of many causes he’s been a reasonably nicely regarded prospect within the A’s system regardless of not but tapping into his appreciable uncooked energy. Deichmann has drawn a free cross in 13.2 % of his profession minor league plate appearances since being chosen out of Louisiana State College by the A’s within the second spherical of the 2017 draft.
Whereas Deichmann has by no means topped 11 dwelling runs in a minor league season, he did swat 9 lengthy balls in simply 95 plate appearances within the 2019 Arizona Fall League. He ranks because the Cubs’ twentieth prospect at MLB.com and at FanGraphs, the place Eric Longenhagen places a hefty 70 grade (on the 20-80 scale) on his uncooked energy. Deichmann has been used completely in proper discipline this yr, although he noticed very transient spells at first base and in middle earlier in his profession. He’s not a burner on the bases or within the outfield, however scouting studies peg him for a median or barely higher arm.
Transferring ahead, Deichmann has the makings of a left-handed-hitting nook outfielder with some pop and powerful OBP abilities, although given his sub-.600 OPS in opposition to lefties over the previous three minor league seasons, he might profit from a platoon associate. The Cubs can definitely afford to offer him constant at-bats for the remainder of the season, significantly with Heyward on the injured record. In the mean time, Deichmann joins Ian Happ and Rafael Ortega in a largely overhauled Cubs outfield scene.
There’s no indication as to how lengthy Heyward is predicted to overlook, however there must be room for a two-month Deichmann audition even when it’s a minimal absence for the soon-to-be 32-year-old Heyward. In 284 plate appearances this season, he’s batted simply .198/.271/.322. The Cubs nonetheless owe Heyward a $22MM wage in each 2022 and 2023.