Miguel Amaya

23-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago Cubs AA
Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 2/2/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
As a 23-year-old in 2022, Amaya made the jump to Double-A and produced solid numbers following offseason Tommy John surgery. In 28 games for Tennessee, he recorded an .864 OPS to go along with four home runs and 19 RBI. He didn't see any time at catcher after the surgery, but the fact that he was able to perform well at the plate is encouraging. In 2023, the Cubs will want to see Amaya hit like that over a longer stretch of games and likely also get back behind the plate. If all goes well, Amaya could work his way up to Triple-A, and an MLB debut at some point during the season isn't out of the question. Chicago had Willson Contreras locked in as the top catcher the past seven seasons but he entered free agency following the 2022 campaign, so the Cubs are looking for their backstop of the future. Yan Gomes and P.J. Higgins don't figure to be long-term solutions even if they see the bulk of the playing time early in 2023, so Amaya is worth keeping an eye on if he can leap past those two veterans. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2022.
Missing out on Fall League
CChicago Cubs  AA
Foot
October 10, 2022
Amaya isn't participating in the Arizona Fall League after he suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot while playing for Double-A Tennessee in September, Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic report.
ANALYSIS
Tennessee's season concluded Sept. 28, but Amaya didn't see any action for the club after Sept. 11 due to the injury. The 23-year-old had already gotten off to a delayed start to the 2022 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery last November, and he served exclusively as a designated hitter with Tennessee and the Cubs' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate once he was cleared for game action July 1. Amaya's surgically repaired throwing elbow was expected to be fully healed in time for him to catch in games during the Arizona Fall League, but the foot injury will end up costing him some valuable reps. Amaya, who was recently tendered a contract for the 2023 season and will remain on the Cubs' 40-man roster, is expected to be fully cleared for spring training, but he won't be a serious candidate to win an Opening Day role with the big club.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
As is the case with many of the best catching prospects, Amaya is a significantly better real-life prospect. His top traits are a plus arm, good leadership skills and a propensity to draw walks, none of which are overly helpful in standard roto leagues. Amaya shows off 55-grade raw power to left field in batting practice and logged a career-high .167 ISO while playing half his games in the pitcher-friendly park in Myrtle Beach. The 20-year-old backstop flopped in the Arizona Fall League (.224/.291/.286, 21.8 K% in 55 PA), but that wasn't surprising given his age and lack of upper-level experience. He probably won't ever hit for a high batting average, so power and playing time will have to drive his fantasy value in most formats. He is still working to improve as a pitch framer. If it all comes together, he should make it as a starting catcher who hits around .240 with a solid OBP and 15-20 home runs.
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Back in action at Double-A
CChicago Cubs  AA
September 2, 2022
Amaya (finger) returned to the Double-A Tennessee lineup Tuesday and has started at designated hitter in each of the club's last three games, going 3-for-12 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run.
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Suffers dislocated finger
CChicago Cubs  AA
Finger
August 21, 2022
Amaya is day-to-day after suffering a dislocated ring finger on his left hand, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
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Activated from injured list
CChicago Cubs  AA
July 22, 2022
Amaya (elbow) was activated from the 7-day injured list at Double-A Tennessee on Friday.
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Won't catch this season
CChicago Cubs  AA
Elbow
April 12, 2022
Amaya (elbow) won't catch this season, but he may be able to DH by midsummer, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.
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Sent to Double-A
CChicago Cubs  AA
Elbow
March 28, 2022
Amaya (elbow) was optioned to Double-A Tennessee on Monday, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports
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