Something special and magical is starting to take place at Wrigley Field, and it’s something that took place eight years ago as well. The Youth Movement has started for the Cubs, and two players had a pretty special Major League debut on Tuesday night.
Brandon Hughes made his MLB debut on the mound for the Cubs, and all he did was record five straight strikeouts to begin his career, although a walk was mixed in as well. The performance from Hughes got the fans going, but the biggest moment came in the 8th inning.
Christopher Morel stepped to the plate in the 8th inning as a pinch hitter, and was able to run the count full before belting a long home run on to Waveland Avenue. Morel celebrated as he rounded the bases, and he sent the Wrigley Field faithful into a frenzy.
Morel joined the Cubs all the way from Double AA and he won’t be the last hitting prospect to be called up this season. This is what the 2022 season is going to look like, and moments like this should provide some terrific memories.
This should take fans back to the 2014 and 2015 seasons as this was a common occurrence during that run. Everyone remembers the 2016 World Series season, but the years prior to that were actually more enjoyable in many ways.
Get used to watching the youth movement unfold at Wrigley, and you’ll start seeing some of the building blocks of the future.
Back in the Playoff Race?
This four-game winning streak has some believing that the Cubs are back in the playoff race, but that’s taking things a bit too far. The Cubs are still five games under the .500 mark, and they are not likely to go on a big run.
There are simply too many holes on this team, and this will still be a team that sells at the Trade Deadline. Following the youth movement will be fun, but there is still no reason to get your hopes up.
Davis, Howard Are Injured
Not all of the news from the Minor League system has been positive of late for the Cubs as two of the top prospects are injured. One injury could keep a player from joining the Cubs this season, while the other could be an injury that affects a career.
Brennen Davis was struggling at Triple A so far this season, but he is now sidelined for awhile with a back issue. There was some hope that Davis would be at Wrigley Field sometime this summer, but it’s hard to see that happening now.
The biggest blow came at the lower levels as shortstop prospect Ed Howard will miss the entire year with a hip injury. This will be the second season that Howard will miss, and that is going to have a big impact on his development.