The Cubs have found themselves another gem in the farm system, the 19-year old catcher Miguel Amaya in South Bend who is surging early on, producing incredible numbers.
Amaya in 69 plate appearances already has launched three homers with a .279 batting average and an outstanding .362 on-base percentage, turning just 19 last month. He’s already well on his way to a phenomenal season, with four multi-hit games already in the books, as well as reaching base safely in 14 of 17 games.
The reasoning behind the Cubs choice to rank Amaya as the tenth overall prospect in the Pipeline has become very evident due to a slightly noticeable change in his swing. For example, this home run Amaya hit early on this season he is standing taller at the plate than in this clip from last season of Amaya hitting an RBI double. As a result, the position of his bat is slightly higher and at the perfect angle, producing more hits.
Do not forget Amaya is a catcher and is just as good of a catcher as he is a hitter. With his agility and soft hands, Amaya is pretty far ahead of other catchers in the Cubs system, and especially for his age. He can frame and block pitches very well, and although his arm strength is average, Amaya makes quick and accurate throws to prevent base stealers. As a result, Amaya took away 41 percent of base stealers last season in Eugene. He is a plus thrower, still with more room to grow.
There are some very encouraging signs from Miguel Amaya in the early going, as he continues to develop into a premier catcher with a strong bat and above-average catching skills. It should be interesting to see if Amaya continues to prosper at the rate he is.