The most Patrick Wisdom ever earned in a minor-league season was $131,850 in 2018.
Wisdom has never been on an Opening Day roster and wasn’t even on the Cubs’ 40-man when they recalled him from Triple-A Iowa on May 25.
Now, Wisdom has come out of nowhere to ignite the Cubs’ offense on a one-year, $575,500 contract — hitting .375 with eight home runs, 12 RBI, a .432 OBP, and a 1.457 OPS.
Originally selected by the Cardinals with the 52nd overall pick in the compensation round of the 2012 draft, he spent nine seasons on the farm with St. Louis, Texas, Seattle, and Chicago.
The 29-year-old has now launched eight homers in 36 plate appearances as a starter — the first player in the modern era to hit eight-plus dingers in so few attempts.
And he did it in 10 starts, tying Aristides Aquino (2019 with the Reds) for the most HRs in a player’s first 10 starts with a team.
Wisdom will likely earn a big payday down the line, but for now, the Murrieta, California, native accounts for a minuscule 0.26% of the Cubs’ payroll compared with teammates Jason Heyward (15.26%), Kris Bryant (15.26%), Craig Kimbrel (10.39%), and Anthony Rizzo (10.2%).