Love Letters From Pronk is an ongoing series where Pronk shares his love for somebody connected to the Cubs. Sometimes funny, sometimes weird, Pronk likes to make 100% sure people know that they are loved, and best expresses that through gushing letters. Today's pick: Cubs prospect Brennen Davis
Brennen Davis was the Cubs' 2nd round draft pick in 2018 (62nd overall). Scouted as a five tool player, he's been ranked somewhere between 94th and the 61st top overall prospects in all of minor league baseball the last two years. He currently features a .873 MiLB OPS, and a ton of upside as a speed/power combo outfielder.
Unfortunately, he did not get any game action last year, due to the cancelled minor league season. Then this year, he got hit in the face by a pitch during a scrimmage. Today, I'd like to offer up my encouragement to Brennan, as there are challenges ahead.
First off, the Cubs fan base is elated to have you in the system. We got spoiled for a while with guys like Bryant, Baez, Contreras, Schwarber and others coming up rapid fire. Nico Hoerner has been a great prospect to root for as well. But we want to be spoiled again. Homegrown players are the most fun to root for, and we look forward to cheering you on at Wrigley, whenever that day may come.
That said, there are no guarantees in baseball. You unfortunately just got a scare with this concept. One pitch can drastically change a career. I still remember when Sammy Sosa got popped in the head in 2003, shattering his helmet. That was a first domino that essentially led to the end of his career. Any time someone gets hit up high, it is scary. I'm glad that you seem to be recovering, and hope nothing but the best for you going forward.
One of the reasons I love baseball so much is how it mimics real life. Being strong and fast are assets, but being sharp mentally is what separates the competition. It is a game of adaption to constant failure, as the best hitters fail to get on base 60% of the time. If you aren't prepared to grow and adapt from mistakes, then you won't be successful in the game. You need a mental edge.
As you continue to develop physically, keep developing mentally as well. From what I have seen, I think you have what it takes. But that's something you are going to have to prove daily, whether on the diamond, in the batting cage, in the film room, or on the busses on the long minor league road trips.
We are rooting for your recovery!