At the time of this post, the Cubs are a little over an hour from taking the field for their 1st spring training game of the year. I don’t generally get too excited about the spring games, but I’m excited to watch baseball. I just purchased MLB.tv for the first time ever, so I’ll have some access to games I didn’t used to have with the Extra Innings Package on satellite in the past. Maybe that will make spring a little more fun. All that said, let’s catch up on some of the news out of Cub camp before the first pitch:
Mike Quade mentioned that his roster is basically all but set from the position player standpoint with the exception of one more OF and one more infielder. You’d have to imagine the OF in the running for that spot are Reed Johnson and Fernando Perez. If Perez can hit, I like his skill set more than Johnson’s but we’ve not seen the offense from Perez yet.
When it comes to the infield, Augie Ojeda is in the mix, but I would think the edge goes to someone like Darwin Barney. He didn’t do great last year, but did have his moments and has the versatility to back up multiple positions.
Tyler Colvin will see innings at first base this spring and could break camp as the 4th outfielder / backup first baseman. Anywhere to get him at bats works for me.
Baseball America released it’s Top 100 prospects list and there were two names on the list. Brett Jackson (OF) came in at 38th and Trey McNutt (SP) was listed as 48th.
Marlon Byrd recently spoke up about Jackson, saying “I see him being ready very soon. He has to put together another good season this year and stay healthy — that’s the main thing — and keep learning. He has to keep learning. A lot of guys with his talent — I was the same way. You dominate in the Minor Leagues but you don’t learn how to get ready for the big leagues and you come up and struggle. That’s what I’ve been trying to get across to him is I don’t want him struggling when he comes up. I want him coming up and staying up for good. With his work ethic and his athletic ability, there’s no reason he won’t be the center fielder of the future.”
Angel Guzman is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Wednesday. That’s huge for a guy that had a terrible tear. People basically said his career was over, but Guzman has been battling back and I’d love to see him come back this year. He was just coming into his own as a regular contributor when he injured himself.
That’s all for now. Enjoy the first game if you’re able to see it. I don’t know how much we’ll break down individual games this spring, but we’ll definitely be ready come opening day.