Cubs Calling Up Infield Prospect From Double-A
The Chicago Cubs are off to another slow start, sitting at 14-20 on the year and in fourth place in the NL Central standings. As the club continues to rebuild and find its next young cast of stars, a new name will be getting his shot.
Chicago is calling up a top infield prospect on Monday, jumping Christopher Morel all the way up from Double-A to the big leagues.
Christopher Morel Cubs
Morel is ranked No. 21 on Chicago's list of top prospects, according to MLB.com.
The best news around Morel's promotion means possibly the end of Ildemaro Vargas' depth role on the roster. Vargas saw limited starting action during Andrelton Simmons' time on the IL, but could be moving further down the depth chart with Morel's promotion.
The 30-year-old Vargas is slashing a putrid .154/.214/.308 across six games, and has already committed an error at shortstop. It's Vargas' age that's the real problem.
The Cubs aren't likely to compete seriously for a deep playoff run in 2022, and it's time to take stock of their best minor league prospects instead of letting a 30-year-old non-starter get reps in the infield pecking order.
Morel is also off to an incredible start with Double-A Tennessee, slashing .306/.380/.565 in 28 games with 7 home runs and 20 RBIs.
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