10 memorable Cubs big league debuts since 1960
Ron Santo — June 26, 1960
The greatest third baseman in Cubs history went 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs in a 7-6 win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. What makes this debut more notable is that it was the first game of a doubleheader. In the nightcap, Santo went 1-for-3 with two more RBIs.
Doug Dascenzo — Sept. 2, 1988
A September callup for a team that would finish fourth in the NL East, the former 12th-round draft pick went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in a loss to the Reds at Wrigley Field. Dascenzo is currently the Cubs minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.
Mark Prior — May 22, 2002
Less than a year after the Cubs made him the second overall pick in the draft, Prior made his MLB debut against the Pirates. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts over six innings of work and picked up a win. Cubs fans imagined performances like that for the next 10 seasons; we all know how it finished.
Kosuke Fukudome — March 31, 2008
Fukudome played nine seasons in Japan before signing with the Cubs prior to the 2008 campaign. In his Cubs debut, he already had a double, walk and single before hitting a three-run homer off Brewers closer Eric Gagne in the bottom of the ninth that tied the game and brought the Wrigley Field faithful to their feet. The joy was short lived as the Cubs lost the game in 10 innings.
Thomas Diamond — Aug. 3, 2010
Diamond, a first-round pick by the Rangers in 2004, went six innings, allowing three runs and three walks while striking out 10 on 122 pitches in a loss to the Brewers at Wrigley. Diamond appeared in 15 more games that season, his only one in the majors.
Junior Lake — July 19, 2013
Lake burst onto the scene in a 3-1 win over the Rockies in Colorado, hitting a double, a pair of singles and adding a stolen base. His hot streak continued with 15 hits in his first seven games, tying for most by any Cub since 1900. He finished the season a .284 hitter but only hit .211 in 2014 and was traded to the Orioles in 2015.
Javier Báez — Aug. 5, 2014
Things didn’t start out well that night in Colorado for El Mago. Báez struck out in his first at-bat and was 0-for-5 with three K's when he stepped to the plate to lead off the top of the 12th. Those five at-bats were forgotten after he hit the game-winning homer off Boone Logan in a 6-5 Cubs' victory.
Jorge Soler — Aug. 27, 2014
Just a couple of weeks after Baez’ first MLB game, Soler made a splash in the same place Starlin Castro made his Cubs debut — Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Soler homered off Mat Latos in his first at-bat and added an RBI single in the eighth, but it wasn’t enough as the Reds beat the Cubs 7-5.
Ian Happ — May 13, 2017
Injuries forced the Cubs to call-up Happ, their 2015 first-round pick, earlier than expected. He took advantage of the opportunity by hitting a solo homer off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. St. Louis won the game 5-3.
Nico Hoerner — Sept. 9, 2019
Another instance where injuries forced the Cubs to call up a first-round pick earlier than expected. Hoerner joined the Cubs after Báez and Addison Russell hit the shelf, and he singled in his first major league at bat. The 2018 first-round pick added another single and a triple, scored twice and drove in four runs in the Cubs' 10-2 win over the Padres in San Diego