As the Chicago Cubs try to lock down a playoff spot, they have not shied away from giving opportunities to younger, less experienced players.
That trend continues as they begin a six-game road trip. The Cubs are calling up top prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong, sources told the Tribune. ESPN first reported the move.
Crow-Armstrong, 21, gives the Cubs elite defense and speed at all three outfield positions for the stretch run to the postseason. Acquired from the New York Mets at the 2021 trade deadline for shortstop Javier Báez and right-hander Trevor Williams, Crow-Armstrong opened the year at Double-A Tennessee.
Since his promotion to Triple-A Iowa on Aug. 1, the lefty-hitting Crow-Armstrong put up a .271 average, .350 on-base percentage and .829 OPS in 34 games.
The Cubs currently have four players on their 26-man roster who began in the season at the Double-A level or lower — right-hander Daniel Palencia, left-hander Jordan Wicks, catcher Miguel Amaya and left-hander Luke Little — while outfielder Alexander Canario missed most of the season rehabbing from two surgeries to make his big-league debut last week.