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Zack Short
SS | B/T: R/R | 5' 10" 180LBS | Age: 25

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 17, #524, Chicago Cubs | Sacred Heart University
MLB Pipeline Rank
Poor Avg Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 160 133 22 28 6 17 2 .211 .338 .414 .751
Career Minors 1588 1288 220 310 37 162 43 .241 .377 .405 .782
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .211 6 17 2 .751
Career Minors .241 37 162 43 .782

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 2 Teams Minors 53 228 171 34 44 9 1 1 31 47 33 15 6 6 .257 .427 .339 .766
2016 AZL Cubs AZL ROK 14 60 44 12 14 3 0 0 8 14 9 5 1 2 .318 .500 .386 .886
2016 Eugene Emeralds NWL A(Short) 39 168 127 22 30 6 1 1 23 33 24 10 5 4 .236 .401 .323 .724
2017 2 Teams Minors 131 577 468 84 117 28 6 13 47 94 104 18 10 9 .250 .383 .419 .801
2017 South Bend Cubs MID A(Full) 66 300 236 50 56 17 3 7 26 54 54 15 5 7 .237 .393 .424 .816
2017 Myrtle Beach Pelicans CAR A(Adv) 65 277 232 34 61 11 3 6 21 40 50 3 5 2 .263 .372 .414 .786
2018 Tennessee Smokies SOU AA 124 524 436 68 99 28 2 17 59 82 136 8 3 5 .227 .356 .417 .773
2019 3 Teams Minors 63 259 213 34 50 14 2 6 25 38 72 2 2 6 .235 .363 .404 .767
2019 AZL Cubs 1 AZL ROK 6 25 16 5 6 2 0 0 3 8 4 0 0 1 .375 .600 .500 1.100
2019 Tennessee Smokies SOU AA 16 74 64 7 16 3 2 0 5 9 18 0 1 0 .250 .338 .359 .697
2019 Iowa Cubs PCL AAA 41 160 133 22 28 9 0 6 17 21 50 2 1 5 .211 .338 .414 .751

Scouting Report

2020

After Short led the Northeast Conference with nine homers and 33 walks as a Sacred Heart sophomore in 2015, lackluster performances in the Cape Cod League and his junior season depressed his Draft stock. After signing for $80,000 as a 17th-rounder in 2016, he regained his power and steadily advanced through the system. He began 2019 in Triple-A and was poised to make his big league debut later in the year, but an errant pitch broke his left hand in April, sidelining him for 10 weeks and hampering him afterward. Short made up for some of that lost time in the Arizona Fall League and was added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster in November, though they traded him to the Tigers for Cameron Maybin at the 2020 Trade Deadline.

Short has surprising power for his size, thanks to quick hands and an aggressive approach in which he tries to pull and left everything with his right-handed swing. He will need to shorten his stroke, develop more consistency and make adjustments to catch up to fastballs up in the zone. While he doesn't hit for average, he does work deep counts and draw a lot of walks, fueling healthy on-base percentages.

Short can help a team beyond his bat, using his solid speed well on the bases and playing quality defense at a number of positions. He might be the best shortstop in the Tigers' system, and his quickness and strong arm allow him to get the job done at second and third base as well. He has a ceiling as a Zack Cozart-type regular but more likely will be a slugging utilityman.



2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50

Short put himself on the prospect map by leading the Northeast Conference with nine homers and 33 walks as a Sacred Heart sophomore in 2015, only to slump in the Cape Cod League that summer and again as a junior. He fell to the 17th round of the 2016 Draft, signed for $80,000 and didn't do much in his pro debut. But he has opened eyes since with his power and patience, combining for 30 homers and 176 walks in his first two full seasons while reaching Double-A.

Short has quick hands and a pull-heavy approach, giving him more pop than a typical 175-pounder. He's an extreme flyball hitter who makes a lot of loud contact from the right side of the plate, though the Cubs would like to see him cut down his swing and make more regular contact. He works deep counts and draws a lot of walks, giving him healthy on-base percentages despite subpar batting averages.

With solid speed and an aggressive nature, Short can steal an occasional base. Some club officials believe he's the best defensive infielder in the system, and his quickness and arm strength allow him to play second and third base and serve in a utility role if needed. If he can put the bat on the ball more consistently, he could be an everyday shortstop in the mold of Zack Cozart.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 40 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

Short led the Northeast Conference with nine homers and 33 walks as a Sacred Heart sophomore in 2015, intriguing scouts with his combination of pop and patience. But he didn't perform well in the Cape Cod League and slumped as a junior, so he dropped to the 17th round of the 2016 Draft. He got going again offensively in his first full pro season, slamming 13 homers and finishing third in the Minors with 94 walks while reaching high Class A in 2017.

While he's just 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Short has quick hands and makes repeated hard contact, giving him the ability to produce 12-15 homers on an annual basis. He's an extremely disciplined hitter who walked more than he struck out in his first two years as a pro, though his whiff rate has soared in Double-A this year and his on-base percentages have been much more impressive than his batting averages. He runs well and is aggressive on the bases.

Short's athleticism, quickness and solid arm strength give him defensive versatility. The Cubs believe he's a legitimate shortstop and also have played him at third base and second base. There's no reason he couldn't handle some outfield duty as well, which could make for a very interesting utilityman package.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/28/2020 Detroit Tigers recalled SS Zack Short from Tigers Alternate Training Site.
09/03/2020 Tigers Alternate Training Site activated SS Zack Short from the 60-day injured list.
09/01/2020 Tigers Alternate Training Site placed SS Zack Short on the 60-day injured list.
08/31/2020 Detroit Tigers traded LF Cameron Maybin to Chicago Cubs for SS Zack Short.
08/31/2020 SS Zack Short assigned to Tigers Alternate Training Site.
03/10/2020 Chicago Cubs optioned SS Zack Short to Iowa Cubs.
11/20/2019 Chicago Cubs selected the contract of Zack Short from Iowa Cubs.
09/15/2019 SS Zack Short assigned to Mesa Solar Sox.
08/31/2019 Iowa Cubs activated SS Zack Short from the temporarily inactive list.
08/30/2019 Iowa Cubs placed SS Zack Short on the temporarily inactive list.
08/27/2019 SS Zack Short assigned to Iowa Cubs from Tennessee Smokies.
08/17/2019 SS Zack Short assigned to Tennessee Smokies from Iowa Cubs.
07/06/2019 SS Zack Short assigned to Iowa Cubs from Tennessee Smokies.
07/05/2019 SS Zack Short assigned to Tennessee Smokies from Iowa Cubs.
07/04/2019 SS Zack Short assigned to Iowa Cubs from Tennessee Smokies.
06/30/2019 Tennessee Smokies activated SS Zack Short.
06/29/2019 Tennessee Smokies sent SS Zack Short on a rehab assignment to AZL Cubs 1.
06/29/2019 Tennessee Smokies placed SS Zack Short on the 7-day injured list retroactive to June 28, 2019.
06/28/2019 SS Zack Short assigned to Tennessee Smokies from Iowa Cubs.
06/21/2019 Iowa Cubs sent SS Zack Short on a rehab assignment to AZL Cubs 1.
04/11/2019 Zack Short roster status changed by Iowa Cubs.
04/04/2019 SS Zack Short assigned to Iowa Cubs from Cubs Extended Spring Training.
04/01/2019 SS Zack Short assigned to Cubs Extended Spring Training from Tennessee Smokies.
02/06/2019 Chicago Cubs invited non-roster SS Zack Short to spring training.
04/03/2018 SS Zack Short assigned to Tennessee Smokies.
03/09/2018 SS Zack Short assigned to Chicago Cubs.
06/26/2017 SS Zack Short assigned to Myrtle Beach Pelicans from South Bend Cubs.
04/05/2017 SS Zack Short assigned to South Bend Cubs from Eugene Emeralds.
02/25/2017 SS Zack Short assigned to Chicago Cubs.
07/17/2016 SS Zack Short assigned to Eugene Emeralds from AZL Cubs.
06/28/2016 IF Zack Short assigned to AZL Cubs.
06/24/2016 Chicago Cubs signed SS Zack Short.