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Prospect Watch: Brennen Davis

Brennen Davis is an outfielder in the Cubs organization. He is rated as having a ceiling of being a 30-30 CF. He's a top rated prospect, often considered to be the Cubs top position player minor leaguer.

A scouting report per

After helping Basha High (Chandler) win the Arizona state 6-A hoops title in 2017 while also winning region defensive player of the year honors, Davis opted to focus on baseball after performing well at the Area Code Games that summer. Though he was one of the best athletes in the 2018 Draft, a hamstring injury slowed him as a senior and helped drop him to the late second round, where he signed for $1.1 million. He proved more polished than expected in his first full pro season, batting .305/.381/.525 in the pitcher-friendly low Class A Midwest League, albeit in just 50 games while battling multiple injuries to his right index finger.
As a potential 30-30 center fielder, Davis has the highest ceiling among Cubs position prospects. He already has tightened up his right-handed swing in his short time in pro ball, allowing him to drive the ball to the opposite field more easily. His bat speed and the combination of projectable strength and leverage in his 6-foot-4 frame give him well above-average raw power, and he has had no trouble making consistent contact against pro pitching.
Davis still is learning to take full advantage of his plus speed, as he has yet to take many chances on the bases and still needs to refine his reads and routes in center. With his quickness and solid arm strength, he's capable of playing anywhere in the outfield. Chicago is delighted by the amount of progress he has made so quickly and can't wait to see what he might do over a fully healthy season.

Scouting Grades/Report (20-80 grading scale)

  • HIT 55

  • POWER 55

  • RUN 60

  • ARM 55

  • FIELD 55

  • OVERALL 55

Davis appears to be a solid well rounded prospect. All of his tools are above average, even if none are particularly spectacular. pospects 365 has a great writeup on him here. In February of 2019, they described his floor as being a league average bat, essentially a 4th or 5th outfielder with some defensive upside. But for his ceiling? a .300 hitter with 25 HR power, and capable of stealing up to 40 bases. Basically, a great leadoff or two hitter. Even if he doesn't achieve that high, he should be a capable part of any starting lineup.

Davis still has a ways to go. he's played just two full seasons: 18 games of rookie ball in 2018, then 50 games at class A in 2019. The Cubs had special plans for him during 2020, sending him to a training camp. He figures to likely play 2021 at AA. If all goes well, maybe he starts 2022 at AAA and cracks a September call up. As for most minor leaguers, 2021 will be a pivotal year for his development.

For right now, he's ranked very highly by a lot of publications:

  • Rotowire: #60 (of the Top 400 prospects), the 18th-best prospect outfielder.

  • BaseballHQ: #62 on their Top 100.

  • Fangraphs: #50 on their Top 120, a 50 future value prospect.

  • Prospects1500: #3 on the Cubs prospects list, a Tier 1guy.

  • Fantasy Six Pack: #250 on their Top 750 Dynasty list.

  • Prospects365: #31 of Ray Butler’s Top 200.

  • Imaginary Brick Wall: #24 of the Top 487.

With any luck, he rakes in 2021, and we see him sooner than later!



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