The Chicago Cubs rebuild took a major hit on Friday when it was announced that top prospect Brennen Davis underwent back surgery. According to the Athletic, Davis very well could end up missing the remainder of the 2022 season. Any amount of time lost for prospects stunts their development which is exactly the last thing Chicago needs.
Davis was selected in the second round of the 2018 MLB Draft but shot up the prospect rankings after displaying impressive hitting prowess in the low levels of the minor leagues. He entered the season ranked at No. 28 on Keith Law’s 2022 Top 100 Prospect list.
His mixture of hitting ability, defense, and speed had scouts raving about his potential. The fact that the Cubs had him developing in the minor leagues cushioned the blow of losing Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez last year. It wouldn’t have been shocking to see Davis patrolling center field in the big leagues at some point this season.
But the 22-year old’s future is now in question following this brutal injury. Chicago has dealt with a number of injury issues over the past couple of weeks. Right now, this is a team full of players simply trying to stay on the field.
Fortunately, the Cubs reportedly believe that Brennen Davis avoided any type of long-term injury. They are hopeful he can return next year and get back to playing a quality brand of baseball. However, there is no definitive timetable at this juncture.
All Cubs fans can do is sit back and hope for the best as Davis makes his recovery. The 22-year old still has a bright future ahead of him.