Cubs promote Greg Deichmann, put Jason Heyward in Illinois
Deichmann, 26, only recently joined the organization when he was traded from A’s in the deal that sends a left-hander André Chafin in Oakland. He’s had a slow start in seven AAA games with the Cubs, but his overall job this season has been pretty solid; in 285 home plate appearances, Deichmann beat 0.291 / .425 / .439 with four homers, 16 doubles, three triples and eight interceptions (in ten tries). He walked at a garish pace of 18.9% which is more than double the current MLB average and hit a rate of 22.8% which would be below today’s MLB average.
This keen eye for plaque is one of Deichmann’s calling cards and one of the reasons he has been a fairly well regarded prospect in the A-system although he has yet to harness his raw power. considerable. Deichmann has earned a free pass in 13.2% of his career minor league appearances since being drafted by the Louisiana State University A’s in the second round of the 2017 draft.
Although Deichmann has never passed 11 home runs in a minor league season, he has hit nine long balls in just 95 home plate appearances in the 2019 Arizona Fall League. He ranks as the 20th. cubs hope on MLB.com and at FanGraphs, where Eric Longenhagen gives a good rating of 70 (on the 20-80 scale) to his raw power. Deichmann has been used exclusively at right field this year, although he saw very brief stints at first base and center earlier in his career. He’s not a burner on the bases or in the outfield, but scout reports give him an average or slightly better arm.
Going forward, Deichmann has the makings of a left-handed corner fielder with a bit of pop and some solid OBP skills, albeit given his less than 600 OPS against lefties over the past three minor league seasons. , he could benefit from a platoon partner. The Cubs can certainly afford to give him consistent hitting for the rest of the season, especially with Heyward on the injured list. At the moment, Deichmann joins Ian happ and Rafael Ortega in a largely revamped Cubs outfield scene.
There’s no indication how long Heyward should be missing, but there should be room for a two-month Deichmann audition even if it’s a minimal absence for Heyward, soon to be 32. In 284 home plate appearances this season, he’s only hitting .198 / .271 / .322. The Cubs still owe Heyward a salary of $ 22 million in 2022 and 2023.