Huge steps forward on the defensive side of things has Amaya pushing for a big league arrival date.
Blessed with excellent offensive skills since he was signed by the Cubs, Amaya has been working on the defensive side, and much like Willson Contreras, he took a huge step forward in his time at High-A. Contreras took that leap defensively, and he spent less than two full seasons in the upper minors after that. Amaya is on the same track at this point.
While the raw offensive numbers haven’t blown away thus far, the underlying numbers get better every year, with improving walk rates and strikeout rates as he has climbed levels along with increasing ISO rates as he’s ascended.
Other catcher prospects may get more publicity, and his extreme pull rate could be something to monitor. That said, Amaya is a guy that is already allowing the Cubs to shop Contreras in just his first year in arbitration, so it seems likely they’ll clear a spot for him eventually.