Cubs prospect Christopher Morel earns his first major league opportunity – NBC Chicago

‘Dynamic’ prospect Morel wins opportunity with Cubs originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

For how much Jed Hoyer has been talking about, we’re starting to see potential pieces of “the Cubs’ next big team” have a shot at the big league level.

The Cubs recalled Christopher Morel Tuesday, a versatile defenseman who had a strong start to the season with Double-A Tennessee.

The Cubs called him following Jason Heyward on disabled list without designation on Tuesday, indicating movement related to COVID-19, and at a time when more than half a dozen position players are on the IL.

“Dynamic skill, power, speed and really versatile,” said manager David Ross. “I have a lot of options right now while we have some stuff going on with the guys.”

Morel, 22, signed with the Dominican Republic Cubs in 2015. He opened 2022 with Tennessee after reaching Triple-A Iowa late last season.

” You are laughing at me ? Morel said of his reaction when Tennessee manager Michael Ryan informed him the Cubs were promoting him.

“I was so happy at that time.”

Morel has gotten off to a fast start at the plate this season, holding a .306/.380/.565 slant line with seven home runs and 20 RBIs in 28 games for Tennessee.

He spent the majority of his time defensively in center field, then shortstop.

“Not many guys can do that like Chris can,” Cubs farm manager Jared Banner said of Morel’s ability to play both positions in the middle.

“It brings a lot of value to the organization, and we are happy that he has this opportunity.”

Morel played all over the diamond during his minor league career, from the three outfield spots to every infield position except first baseman and receiver.

What makes it so comfortable to move around?

“For me, every position is the same,” Morel said. “Just catch the ball and make a good throw.”

It’s a simple game.

Whether Morel and other prospects make this next big Cubs team will take care of itself. They are here now to help the Cubs win games.

“We try to win ball games, for me,” Ross said. “These guys will establish whether they are big leaguers or not on their own. They’ll make it known in the minor leagues like they do now.

“When an opportunity comes up, it’s about playing well or shooting well. That’s how everyone starts their career. Just an opportunity.

Says Morel: “I have confidence in myself, I work hard. I have fun in the game. That’s why I’m here.”

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