In 2018, the Chicago Cubs drafted five-tool outfielder Brennen Davis with the 62nd overall pick of the MLB Draft. At the time of the pick the expectancy for Davis’ arrival to the majors was said to happen between the 2021-22 seasons.
And while Davis showed flashes during his minor league tenure, injuries hindered his timeline to reach The Show.
The Cubs have moved on from the core of their 2016 World Series championship team, and Davis is the key offensive piece of what will be a slow rebuild going forward. While he was expected to make his major league arrival late in the 2022 season, that didn’t come to fruition as he suffered a really strange injury.
In early May, after playing 22 games with the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, Davis was shutdown because of a back injury.
Oh he’s back, folks. It’s Brennen Davis time. pic.twitter.com/klLXQ1S4Wq
— Greg Zumach (@IvyFutures) August 31, 2022
No Herniated Disk: Cluster Of Blood Vessels Require Surgery
As Davis dealt with what has been described by team doctors as “awful, awful sciatic pain,” which caused his foot to go numb as times, the belief was he had a herniated disc. Upon evaluation team doctors found no herniation or spinal issue. Instead, they discovered blood vessels clustered together.
In an August interview with Marquee Sports, here’s what the talented Davis said about his medical prognosis.
“They found a cluster of blood vessels during surgery. It’s kind of weird. It was strange to me. It’s called a vascular malformity. It’s just a genetic thing that popped up.
“By cauterizing some blood vessels getting into my back, it actually cleared up my pain. They didn’t really do anything. All they did was open me up.”
Davis says pain was almost unbearable at times, but he’s grateful for how things have turned out.
“It was awful. I was in so much pain,” Davis said. ” I wanted to be in the right situation to get back out on the field and have the right people in my operating room it was the kind of thing that I was gonna do.
“I got really lucky with the Cubs and my agency — they put me in the right hands to have a very successful surgery.”
— South Bend Cubs (@SBCubs) July 26, 2022
Davis Is The Cubs Top Prospect: Also A Top-40 Prospect Overall
Prior to his injury, Davis was the No.16 ranked prospect on MLB Pipeline. He’s since slipped to No. 40 on the prospect rankings, but that doesn’t take anything away from his Top-20 talent. In 2021, Davis’ slashline (.260/.375/.494 with a .869 OPS. proved just how dynamic he can be when healthy and locked-in.
He hasn’t disappointed in his return to the diamond either, and he’s shown out to begin the Arizona Fall League season.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) October 8, 2022
In four games and 20 plate appearances, the 6-foot-4 sweet swinging outfielder is slashing,
.294/.400/.796 with two very long homers.
The Cubs expect him to be ready come opening day 2023 or soon after. He is an MLBbro who will make his presence felt at the highest level of the sport in the near future. Cubs fans are already excited and have several bros coming through the farm system and ready to get Wrigley Field rocking again.