Three I-Cubs named Cubs organization All-Stars
DES MOINES, IA — Minor League Baseball yesterday announced first baseman Matt Mervis, as well as outfielders Alexander Canario and Darius Hill as 2022 Organization All-Stars for the Chicago Cubs.
Mervis, who was named Buck O’Neil Cubs Minor League Player of the Year by Chicago two weeks ago, adds another accolade to recognize his 2022 season.
The 24-year-old started the year with High-A South Bend and was promoted to Double-A Tennessee on May 17. He joined the Iowa roster on July 22, where he played 57 games. In his third and final level of the 2022 campaign, Mervis hit .297 (62 for 209) with 15 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs and 39 RBIs.
Although he only played 57 games for the I-Cubs, his 15 doubles tied for seventh on the season roster while his 15 home runs were good for fourth and his 39 RBI put him fifth. on the team. Mervis also ranked sixth with 21 multi-hit matches and fourth in multi-RBI matches with 12.
Among all minor leaguers this year, Mervis tied for third in home runs with 36, first in RBI with 119, fifth in slugging percentage with a .605, eighth in OPS with a .984, tied for ranked seventh in hits with 158, tied for second in doubles with 40, first in extra-base hits with 78 and first in total bases with 310.
The only player in Chicago’s system to homer more than Mervis was Canario, who hit a tying solo shot in the ninth inning of the season finale to take the lead over his teammate. That solo outburst brought his 2022 season homer total to 37, good for second place in all minor league baseball.
Like Mervis, Canario also started the season with South Bend before being promoted to Tennessee on May 9 and Iowa on August 22. In just 20 games with Iowa, Canario hit .231 (15 for 65) with two doubles and six homers. .
Throughout all three levels, the 22-year-old hit .252 (117 for 464), with 26 doubles, 37 home runs and 97 RBIs. He also walked 59 and stole 23 on 26 attempts.
Darius Hill is another outfielder who played with Iowa in 2022 and was named an organization star yesterday. Hill led the Cubs system with 166 total hits, batting .314 (166 for 528) with Tennessee and Iowa.
His 166 hits not only led all Cubs minor league players, but tied for first among all minor league players in the 2022 season. It was the most hits for a player of the Cubs’ minor league since DJ LeMahieu had 174 hits for Single-A Daytona in 2010.
The 25-year-old has three hitting streaks of 10 or more games this year, including a 12-game streak with Iowa from July 15 to August 5. Despite finishing fifth on the team in games played, Hill led the way on the roster last season with 32 multi-hit games and was second in total hits for Iowa with 109.
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