Electric Power by Christopher Morel and the Plan from Here

What a fun week it has been for Christopher Morel and the fans who have enjoyed watching him do amazing things.

Obviously, he started the game with the first home run, but since then he’s posted a 13-game hitting streak and a 10-game hitting streak, both of which are quite remarkable:

Morel is now hitting .286/.386/.469/143 wRC+ in his first 57 plate appearances, while moving around the field and making plays like this:

And drop clutch shots like this:

With energy like this:

I love it. We need things like that in a season like this, man.

With Morel in mind, I’ve thought a lot about what the Cubs do with him when the other position guys are set to come back from injuries (Jason Heyward, Nick Madrigal, Seiya Suzuki, Jonathan Villar, David Bote, Michael Hermosillo, etc. . ., etc.). The obvious answer at this point is “he has to stay”. There’s no wording of this list where you CANNOT make room for Morel, so it’s not like he should be sent back to minors when everyone else is healthy. The Cubs could just decide to move on. You won’t really hear me argue against that.

That said, while I’d like Morel to stay with the big club until/unless he shows he can’t stick/clearly needs work in the minors, I want to be a bit more nuanced on what the Cubs “should” do.

I think the right answer on what the Cubs should do with Morel is: he needs to be where the Cubs think is best for him. long term development.

So if it’s about staying with a great team and waiting for that first period of struggle, it doesn’t matter if someone else is healthy, that’s perfect. Do it. I love watching him play, and he plays really well! There doesn’t seem to be a clear reason to send it back anytime soon!

But if, despite the early success, the Cubs can already see what needs to be worked on from a developmental standpoint — they need to identify those things better than we do — there might be a justifiable reason to send him to Triple- A (where he hasn’t been this season, and has virtually no experience). Do what’s best for the best version of Morel, who isn’t even 23 yet.

To put it another way: What I *don’t* want to see is the decision made, in any direction, based on the Cubs trying to earn one or two more wins this season. We’re past that point, I’m sorry to say. Do whatever is best for Morel in the coming years because there could be a very valuable player there for 2023 and beyond. Maximize that.