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Top Miguel Amaya News

  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Returns to bench Wednesday

    Amaya is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Amaya will head to the bench after he started at catcher over the past two games while going 3-for-8 with two extra-base knocks, two RBI and one run. Yan Gomes will be behind the dish Wednesday, but he and Amaya look poised to operate in a timeshare for the foreseeable future.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Hits first 2024 home run

    Amaya went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 4-1 win against Seattle.

    Amaya hit his first home run of the season in the eighth inning, giving the Cubs some extra breathing room in the victory. The 25-year-old has now appeared in eight games this year, with Yan Gomes making nine appearances. The two should continue to split playing time fairly evenly behind the plate, with Gomes slotted in as the de facto starter. However, the veteran is struggling with a .174 batting average and .522 OPS to date, so Amaya could push for a larger role if he produces at the plate.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Workload picking up

    Amaya will start at catcher and bat ninth in Wednesday's game against the Rockies.

    Heading into the regular season, Amaya looked to be the Cubs' clear No. 2 catcher, but he's operated in more of a timeshare with Yan Gomes behind the plate. The two backstops have now made three starts apiece over the Cubs' first six games, with all three of Amaya's starts coming within the last four of those contests. The 25-year-old will likely need to capture a larger role before becoming a more viable roster option in mixed leagues that start just one catcher, but he might be a worthy pickup in two-catcher leagues or NL-only leagues based on how frequently he's been playing early on this season.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Off to slow spring start

    Amaya is just 2-for-11 through four Cactus League games with no home runs or RBI.

    It's very early and Amaya should have a roster spot secured even if he continues to struggle in exhibition play. The youngster made his MLB debut last season and showed signs of promise, but he also only batted .214 and struck out nearly 26 percent of the time, so there is definitely room for growth. The veteran Yan Gomes is on hand to provide a steady presence behind the plate, though the Cubs likely want to see Amaya take the job and run with it sooner versus later.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Gets start Wednesday

    Amaya is in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday against the Giants.

    Amaya will start at catcher and bat ninth with Yan Gomes getting a day off. The backup catcher has not tallied a hit in his last five games with a plate appearance, going 0-for-16.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Enters lineup Sunday

    Amaya is starting at catcher and batting ninth in Sunday's game against the Reds.

    With Yan Gomes getting a day off, Amaya will enter the lineup for the second time in the last three days. The Cubs did have a doubleheader Friday, otherwise Amaya likely wouldn't have seen the lineup as frequently to begin the month. As long as Chicago remains in the playoff race, the team figures to ride the veteran Gomes, which will keep Amaya on the bench most days.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Homers in win Sunday

    Amaya went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Royals.

    Amaya saw his first playing time in a week and made the most of it, blasting his fourth home run of the season in the eighth inning, which ended up being the deciding run. With the Cubs in the thick of a pennant race, veteran catcher Yan Gomes will likely see the bulk of the playing time moving forward, with Amaya capable of producing when called upon. The backup role limits the 24-year-old's fantasy outlook, at least for this year.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Starting at catcher

    Amaya is starting at catcher and batting ninth in Friday's game versus the Cardinals.

    Amaya has made a nice first impression with the Cubs and looks to be the preferred No. 2 option at catcher ahead of Tucker Barnhart. If Yan Gomes is traded before the deadline, Amaya could take on some mixed-league value. Gomes, who tripled twice Thursday -- the 36-year-old has two total triples in his prior six seasons coming into 2023 -- slots in at designated hitter Friday.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Picks up start Sunday

    Amaya is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Orioles.

    Amaya takes over behind the plate with Yan Gomes getting a day off. The 24-year-old has seemingly supplanted veteran Tucker Barnhart as the backup catcher, and he's supplied a solid .815 OPS and two home runs across his first 14 games at the MLB level.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Hits second career homer

    Amaya went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's win over the Orioles.

    Yan Gomes and Tucker Barnhart remain the Cubs' primary catchers, but manager David Ross has been getting Amaya involved when he can. The rookie has been paired up with Kyle Hendricks the last two times through the rotation and has garnered a few starts at DH against left-handed starters. Amaya's offensive upside has been on display, but as long as Gomes and Barnhart are healthy, he won't get enough at-bats to crack fantasy relevancy in standard leagues.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Another start Wednesday

    Amaya is starting at catcher Wednesday against the Angels.

    Yan Gomes and Tucker Barnhart will both ride the pine. Amaya has posted an .857 OPS through his first 29 major-league plate appearances this season with the Cubs and has now started four straight games between catcher and DH.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Hits first MLB home run

    Amaya went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Padres.

    Amaya's home run in the third inning against Drew Carlton was the first of his MLB career. The 24-year-old, who debuted with the Cubs earlier this year, was just recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday to replace Justin Steele (forearm) on the roster. Veterans Yan Gomes and Tucker Barnhart are mainstays behind the plate, but Amaya could push the issue if he hits well and Chicago decides it wants to go younger at some point.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Recalled from Iowa

    Amaya was recalled from Triple-A Iowa by the Cubs on Saturday, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Amaya will grab the roster spot opened up by Justin Steele (forearm) being placed on the injured list. In his previous stint with the Cubs, Amaya went 3-for-13 (.213 average) with a pair of RBI over six MLB contests.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Optioned back to Triple-A

    The Cubs optioned Amaya to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Yan Gomes (concussion) is back from the 7-day injured list, so Amaya will return to the minors to get regular playing time. The 24-year-old went 3-for-13 (.231 average) with two RBI over his first six major-league games.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Starting Sunday

    Amaya is starting at catcher and batting ninth in Sunday's game against the Marlins.

    Amaya made his MLB debut Thursday and has seen five at-bats so far with a single hit and two RBI. The 24-year-old is around due to Yan Gomes being out with a concussion. That should make Tucker Barnhart the starter most days until Gomes returns, though Amaya could carve out a larger role if he hits. Barnhart started Saturday's game, but Amaya pinch hit for him in the eighth inning.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Heads to bench Monday

    Amaya is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals.

    After starting three of the past four games at catcher while going 2-for-7 with a pair of RBI, Amaya will take a seat for the series opener with St. Louis while Tucker Barnhart checks in behind the dish. Amaya's run with the big club will likely come to an end soon, as Yan Gomes (concussion) took part in all baseball activities Monday and may be ready to return from the 7-day injured list later this week.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: In lineup for debut

    Amaya is starting at catcher and batting ninth for the Cubs in Thursday's game versus the Nationals, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    It will be the major-league debut for Amaya, who received his first big-league promotion Tuesday. With Yan Gomes (concussion) out indefinitely, Amaya should see the occasional start behind Tucker Barnhart.

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  • Cubs' Miguel Amaya: Gets first big-league call-up

    Amaya was recalled Tuesday from Double-A Tennessee, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Amaya will join the Cubs ahead of Tuesday's game against the Nationals after Yan Gomes took a backswing to the helmet Monday. A former top-ranked prospect, Amaya was sporting an impressive 1.070 OPS with four home runs through 13 games this season at the Double-A level. Gomes has yet to be placed on the injured list, so Amaya could be in store for a short stay in the majors.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Chitre, Panama
Age: 25
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R