Michael Busch

1B,3B · Chicago Cubs

Bats L Throws R
Height 6'1" Weight 210
DOB 1997-11-09 Age 26.5
Hometown Inver Grove Heights, MN
2024 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 23.03, 333rd

Season Projections

Draft Buddy269.096378334457917112443510427.531.237.316.401.717.164
THE BAT243.594367328397516110423110027.321.229.304.378.682.149

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Michael Busch Hits Walk-Off Homer Tuesday

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    Chicago Cubs first baseman Michael Busch played the hero in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Padres. Busch went 2-for-4 with a single, a walk-off home run, and a strikeout. The 26-year-old has cooled off at the plate but is still slashing a respectable .262/.316/.500 with seven HR and 19 RBI in 136 plate appearances. Hopefully, he can get things firing on all cylinders again.

    May 8 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Inside Michael Busch's long road to becoming an instant success with the Cubs

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    After being blocked in L.A., Busch has hit the ground running in Chicago. Is he the long-term answer at first base?

    Apr 27 · ESPN Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Michael Busch Sitting Out Game One Saturday

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    Chicago Cubs infielder Michael Busch is not in the team's starting lineup for Game 1 of a twin bill on Saturday against the Miami Marlins and left-hander Jesus Luzardo. The lefty-swinging Busch is off to a massive start to the season but has struggled in limited time against same-handed pitching. Busch has hit .317 with six home runs, three doubles, and a 1.067 OPS across 70 plate appearances on the season but is just 1-for-9 (.111) with a walk across only 10 trips to the plate against southpaw pitching. All nine of the 26-year-old's extra-base hits have come against right-handers. Despite his struggles against lefties, Busch has cemented himself as a strong fantasy asset, even at the first base position, with a history of hitting for big-time power in his minor-league career.

    Apr 20 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Michael Busch, Yan Gomes Sitting Friday

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    Chicago Cubs first baseman Michael Busch and catcher Yan Gomes are not in the starting lineup on Friday against the visiting Miami Marlins and left-hander A.J. Puk. Garrett Cooper is playing first base and batting seventh in the lineup, while Miguel Amaya is doing the catching and batting in the nine-hole against Puk. Busch had a streak of five straight games with a home run come to an end this week and he's hitting a strong .317 (19-for-60) overall with six total long balls, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored to start his first year in Chicago. He's hit just .167 (4-for-24) and has yet to homer against a left-hander in his career, though, so he'll likely occasionally be rested against lefties this year. Cooper has never faced Puk in his career, while Amaya has a hit and RBI in his only career at-bat against the southpaw.

    Apr 19 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch Yan Gomes
  • Michael Busch Extends Home Run Streak To Five Games

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    Chicago Cubs first baseman Michael Busch has been feeling really comfortable so far in his first year with the Cubs and he extended his home run streak to five straight games in Monday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Arizona Diamondbacks by going 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and two strikeouts. The 26-year-old has now tied the franchise's longest home run streak and has six long balls in the early going, necessitating a pickup off your league's waiver wire if he's somehow still available. Busch's homer binge obviously won't last, but he's so far been a fantastic late-round value pick by fantasy managers in 2024. After Monday's game, he's hitting .327 (17-for-52) with six homers, 12 RBI and nine runs scored in his first 16 games with the Cubbies.

    Apr 16 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Michael Busch Homers In Fourth Straight Game

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    Chicago Cubs first baseman Michael Busch has been off to a red-hot start to begin the season. On Sunday, Busch went 2-for-4 with a home run in the 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The left-handed slugger has now homered in four straight contests. He's slashing an impressive .327/.393/.694 heading into Monday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Fantasy managers better make sure Busch isn't on the waiver wire or sitting on the bench heading into next week.

    Apr 14 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Michael Busch Homers In Third Straight

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    Chicago Cubs first baseman Michael Busch homered in his third straight game on Saturday in a 4-1 victory over the Mariners. Busch finished 2-for-4 and is now 6-for-14 (.428) over his last four games with a double, three home runs, two walks, four RBI and three runs scored. He's also hit safely in nine of his last 10, with a BA of .311 on the young season. The 26-year-old didn't have much success last season in his debut with the Dodgers but has hit the ground running in Chicago. The former top-100 prospect is rostered in just 37% of Yahoo leagues, so managers in need of depth should consider picking him up, and he's also eligible at both first base and third base which gives managers added flexibility.

    Apr 14 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Michael Busch Takes A Seat Versus Southpaw

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    Chicago Cubs infielder Michael Busch is out of the starting lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies. This marks the first time this season that Busch will take a seat. This makes sense to give Busch some rest against a left-handed starting pitcher. In his place, Garrett Cooper will cover first base and bat seventh versus southpaw Kyle Freeland. This is a favorable matchup for Cooper, but he won't be anything more than a deep league streaming option.

    Apr 2 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Craig Counsell Likes What He's Seen From Michael Busch

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    Chicago Cubs manager Craig Counsell has liked what he's seen from infielder Michael Busch as he tries to get more comfortable with the move to first base with his new team after primarily playing second and third base the previous three years. "I've seen the same thing with Michael at first base as in the box," Counsell said. "He's just steady and consistent. That's what it's felt like. Probably the thing you notice is there is athleticism." The 26-year-old left-handed slugger and former first-round pick in 2019 put up impressive numbers in the minors in the Dodgers organization, but he looked overmatched in 27 games in his MLB debut last year. The good news is that Busch is expected to see most of the playing time at first base in Chicago, which will at least make him worthy of fantasy consideration in NL-only leagues in 2024.

    Mar 14 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Michael Busch Blasts First Homer As Cub

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    Chicago Cubs infielder Michael Busch went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer off of Hunter Greene against the Cincinnati Reds in Thursdays Cactus League matchup. The round-tripper would be the first of the spring for the Top-100 prospect. He is now hitting .250 with one homer, two RBI and two stolen bases over his first 16 at-bats. Busch, 26, was acquired this offseason after spending his professional career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and will finally have a fair chance to prove his worth at the big-league level without being blocked. Busch has been playing first base with the expectation that he will be there on most days for the Cubs, but the recent extension of Cody Bellinger doesn't help his cause. Dynasty managers have known about Busch for a few years and with enough playing time he can be an intriguing late-round selection in mixed redraft leagues.

    Mar 8 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Michael Busch
  • Hitting Stats

    2024 ATC268.095373329457817112443510327.631.236.316.407.723.171
    2024 Draft Buddy269.096378334457917112443510427.531.237.316.401.717.164
    2024 Steamer297.7104424374478819214484011727.631.236.316.408.724.172
    2024 THE BAT243.594367328397516110423110027.321.229.304.378.682.149
    2024 Zeile275.096381336468017113453610327.021.238.320.411.731.173

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

    Fielding Stats



    9at STL, vs ATL6.0512113100010433.300.
    8vs PIT, at ATL13.0620143310006735.001.214.450.286.736.072
    7at PIT, vs SD18.06211843101231152.410.167.286.389.675.222
    6vs MIL, at NYM14.0726253521011934.600.200.231.360.591.160
    5at BOS, vs HOU11.06232234100201147.800.
    4vs MIA, at ARI18.0522193500143836.400.263.364.421.785.158
    3at SEA, at SD33.0624224810462729.200.364.417.9551.372.591
    2vs LAD, vs COL21.0619183720151315.800.389.421.6671.088.278
    1at TEX5.031291100003433.300.111.333.111.444.000


    24at MIA0.02330000000266.700.
    23vs ATL, vs ARI8.0511101200111436.400.200.273.500.773.300
    22at BOS, at CLE9.0515142100121533.300.
    13vs HOU, at LAA10.0518161320022527.800.188.278.313.591.125
    12vs SF3.0310100210000220.
    7at MIL1.01320000001150.
    6at SD, vs PHI12.03974300012334.310.250.314.375.689.125
    5at PIT4.0311101100011547.


    May 26at STLL 3-40.08a1100000001100.
    May 25at STLL 6-73.0644110001000.
    May 23vs ATLL 0-30.07440000000250.
    May 22vs ATLL 2-90.06a000000000000
    May 21vs ATLW 4-33.07322000000133.300.000.333.000.333.000
    May 19vs PITL 2-31.06430000001250.
    May 18vs PITW 1-01.09a10000000100.0001.0001.000
    May 17vs PITL 3-92.05420000002250.000.000.500.000.500.000
    May 16vs PITL 4-54.06431110001250.000.333.500.6671.167.334
    May 15at ATLW 7-14.05542100001120.000.250.400.250.650.000
    May 13at ATLL 0-21.0722010000000.001.500.500.5001.000.000
    May 12at PITW 5-40.09a1100000001100.
    May 11at PITL 9-105.07521000013240.000.000.600.000.600.000
    May 10at PITW 7-26.06552110000240.
    May 8vs SDL 0-30.063300000003100.
    May 7vs SDW 3-27.07441200110125.000.500.5001.2501.750.750
    May 6vs SDL 3-60.05330000000266.700.
    May 5vs MILW 5-00.054400000004100.
    May 4vs MILW 6-55.0544110101000.
    May 3vs MILL 1-33.05440210000125.000.500.500.7501.250.250
    May 2at NYML 6-74.05551210000120.000.400.400.6001.000.200
    May 1at NYMW 1-00.05440000000125.
    Apr 30at NYML 2-40.02a11000000000.
    Apr 29at NYMW 3-12.05431000001250.
    Apr 28at BOSL 4-52.05431000000125.
    Apr 27at BOSL 0-171.05440100000125.
    Apr 26at BOSW 7-17.05442310010125.000.750.7501.0001.750.250
    Apr 25vs HOUW 3-10.04440000000250.
    Apr 24vs HOUW 4-31.043300000103100.
    Apr 23vs HOUW 7-20.04440000000375.
    Apr 21vs MIAL 3-60.04440000000125.
    Apr 20vs MIAW 5-35.04441200020250.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Apr 17at ARIW 5-33.05440200010125.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    Apr 16at ARIL 11-122.06541000001240.
    Apr 15at ARIW 3-28.05531100112240.000.333.6001.3331.9331.000
    Apr 14at SEAW 3-28.06441200120250.000.500.5001.2501.750.750
    Apr 13at SEAW 4-17.0644120011000.000.500.5001.2501.750.750
    Apr 12at SEAL 2-48.06441210110125.000.500.5001.5002.0001.000
    Apr 10at SDL 2-109.0542110012200.000.500.7502.0002.7501.500
    Apr 9at SDW 5-11.06440100000250.
    Apr 8at SDL 8-90.06440000000250.
    Apr 7vs LADW 8-15.06440110030125.
    Apr 6vs LADL 1-42.06440110000250.
    Apr 5vs LADW 9-78.0643210011100.000.333.5001.3331.8331.000
    Apr 3vs COLW 9-85.0633130001000.0001.0001.0001.0002.000.000
    Apr 2vs COLW 12-20.06a000000000000
    Apr 1vs COLW 5-01.0644010000000.
    Mar 31at TEXW 9-51.06540000001240.
    Mar 30at TEXL 2-110.09330000000133.300.
    Mar 28at TEXL 3-44.06421100002125.000.500.750.5001.250.000


    Sep 7at MIAW 10-00.01a11000000000.
    Sep 6at MIAL 4-110.01a2200000002100.
    Sep 1vs ATLL 3-60.06a1100000001100.
    Aug 31vs ATLL 7-86.08441100110250.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Aug 30vs ARIW 7-00.02a1100000001100.
    Aug 29vs ARIW 9-10.02a11000000000.
    Aug 28vs ARIW 7-42.0943010000100.000.333.500.333.833.000
    Aug 27at BOSW 7-40.07550000000240.
    Aug 26at BOSL 5-80.04a000000000000
    Aug 25at BOSW 7-42.0832100000100.000.000.333.000.333.000
    Aug 24at CLEW 9-37.07441100120125.000.250.2501.0001.250.750
    Aug 22at CLEL 3-80.08330000000266.700.
    Jun 25vs HOUL 5-60.09440000000125.
    Jun 24vs HOUW 8-73.09430110001125.000.333.500.6671.167.334
    Jun 23vs HOUW 3-24.09320110011133.300.500.6671.0001.667.500
    Jun 21at LAAW 2-00.09440000000250.
    Jun 20at LAAW 2-03.0933110001000.000.333.333.333.666.000
    Jun 18vs SFL 3-70.0933000000000.
    Jun 17vs SFL 0-153.0833021000000.000.667.6671.0001.667.333
    Jun 16vs SFL 5-70.07a440000000250.
    May 8at MILL 3-91.07320000001133.300.000.333.000.333.000
    May 7at SDW 5-23.05b221100010150.000.500.500.5001.000.000
    May 2vs PHIW 13-12.01a21100000100.000.000.500.000.500.000
    May 1vs PHIW 13-47.09542200001240.010.500.600.5001.100.000
    Apr 27at PITL 2-60.07330000000266.700.
    Apr 26at PITL 1-80.06440000000250.
    Apr 25at PITW 8-74.07431100011125.000.333.500.333.833.000
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