Pete Crow-Armstrong headed to Cubs: Reports originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Chicago Cubs’ top player is reportedly headed to the big leagues.
According to multiple reports, including ESPN’s Jeff Passan, outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong is headed to Denver to join the Cubs ahead of their series with the Colorado Rockies:
Crow-Armstrong is expected to be activated at some point during the series, but the move hasn’t been officially made yet. He will need to be added to the 40-man roster without the need for a corresponding move as there is already room on that roster.
As for the 28-man roster, the Cubs will have to make a move to fit Crow-Armstrong into the mix, but it’s unclear at this point which player could be sent down or placed on the injured list. Infielder Jeimer Candelario left Sunday’s game with back tightness, but the team has not provided an injury update on his status.
Crow-Armstrong was acquired by the Cubs in the 2021 trade that sent Javier Báez to the New York Mets, and he immediately became the team’s top-rated prospect.
According to MLB Pipeline, Crow-Armstrong is the No. 12 prospect in all of baseball, and the Cubs’ top prospect in their system.
Since his promotion to Triple-A Iowa, Crow-Armstrong has six home runs and 22 RBIs in 34 games, as well as 10 stolen bases. He has 20 home runs, 82 RBIs and 37 stolen bases in 500 at-bats in the minor leagues this season.
Most scouts agree that Crow-Armstrong is one of the best defensive players in all of the minor leagues and is capable of Gold Glove-winning defense in midfield.
If Candelario ends up on the injured list, Cody Bellinger could spend most of his time at first base, allowing Crow-Armstrong to start in center field.
Mike Tauchman has struggled this past month, with a .167 batting average, zero home runs and three RBIs in 86 at-bats, further opening the door for Crow-Armstrong to get playing time for the North Siders.
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