Matt Mervis Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/16/1998 (25)
Matt Mervis Season Stats
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Matt Mervis News
Chicago Cubs prospect Matt Mervis has hit home runs in two of his last three games with the Iowa Cubs as he continues his solid 2023 season. The first baseman appears to have bounced back from a rough showing in his brief call-up to Chicago, where he hit just .167 with 32 strikeouts in 27 games. Since his demotion on June 15, Mervis has slashed .294/.433/.507 with seven home runs in 40 games. The overall Triple-A numbers for 2023 sit at .291/.420/.529 with 13 HRs and an impressive 17% walk rate over 283 plate appearances. The Duke product appears the be the Cubs' first baseman of the future, and recent roster moves suggest that promotion could come any day. He continues to be an attractive asset in both redraft and dynasty leagues.
Chicago Cubs first base prospect Matt Mervis struggled in his MLB debut, slashing .167/.242/.289 with a 32.3% strikeout rate in 27 games before being optioned by Chicago to Triple-A Iowa on June 15. Despite the setback, the 25-year-old is hitting well with Iowa, slashing .319/.466/.536 with three home runs, 10 RBI, 12 runs, and a 0.88 BB/K ratio in 21 games since his demotion. He's been on fire since the All-Star break, slashing .500/.619/.563 with a 1.33 BB/K ratio in five games. With the Cubs expected to trade starters at the deadline, Mervis could be recalled to fill in the gaps at first base, making him a solid stash option in redraft leagues.
The Chicago Cubs activated outfielder Cody Bellinger (knee) from the 10-day injured list on Thursday and optioned rookie first baseman Matt Mervis to Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Bellinger is starting at first base and batting sixth on Thursday against Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Johan Oviedo. The 27-year-old left-handed slugger missed four weeks with a left-knee contusion, but he'll be returning to a .271 average (39-for-144) with seven homers, 20 RBI and nine stolen bases. Hopefully, the former MVP can pick up where he left off at the plate. Mervis hit just .167 (15-for-90) with three homers, 11 RBI and 32 strikeouts in his first 27 big-league games, so he'll head back to the minors for some more seasoning. The 25-year-old should be back again at some point, but he'll need to make more contact if he wants to see more playing time in Chicago.
A two-way player in college at Duke University before being signed by the Chicago Cubs as an undrafted free agent, first baseman Matt Mervis was injured in 2021 and missed two months. That means Mervis' first entire season on the field as a hitter was in 2022, and he absolutely showed everything you would want to see. Mervis crushed 36 home runs in the minor league season across three levels and then followed that with six more home runs in the Arizona Fall League, tied for the AFL lead. Along the way, Mervis only struck out in 17.8% of plate appearances, a tremendously low rate for a slugger. He wasn't simply a slugger, though, as the 24-year-old sprayed 40 doubles on the season and hit .309 as a complete all-around hitter while walking at an 8.5 % rate. The Cubs' signings of Eric Hosmer and Trey Mancini will send Mervis back to Triple-A to open the season, but if he continues to punish the ball at the same rate as in 2022, the Cubs will find a place in their lineup for his bat.