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5 Chicago Cubs
April 01, 2013
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April 01, 2013

5 Chicago Cubs

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B-T BA OBP SLG HR RBI SB K
CF DAVID DEJESUS
L-L .264 .352 .403 9 47 5 81
SS STARLIN CASTRO
R-R .297 .340 .453 17 85 23 98
1B ANTHONY RIZZO
L-L .279 .353 .499 29 101 5 129
LF ALFONSO SORIANO
R-R .255 .314 .487 29 97 4 135
RF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ
L-R .265 .326 .414 8 32 5 60
C WELINGTON CASTILLO
R-R .267 .341 .439 14 55 0 102
3B LUIS VALBUENA
L-R .245 .326 .383 7 36 2 65
2B DARWIN BARNEY
R-R .267 .310 .359 5 45 8 62
BENCH
C DIONER NAVARRO
L-R .219 .288 .333 3 13 0 21
OF SCOTT HAIRSTON
R-R .248 .298 .472 14 43 5 64
UT BRENT LILLIBRIDGE
R-R .200 .256 .314 5 22 10 48

Enemy Lines

A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE CUBS

They're not going to be very good—think 90 losses—but they're doing a great job of acquiring talent. If they hit on some of the guys they've picked up and get a good free agent here and there, they can turn things around fast. I wouldn't be surprised if they're contenders in 2014.... Jeff Samardzija is more of a No. 3 or 4 on a contending team. He has to pitch deeper into games.... Edwin Jackson is also solid as a 3 or a 4, but Carlos Villanueva isn't more than a fifth starter.... They made a nice signing in Kyuji Fujikawa, who was a closer in Japan. He throws 90 to 92 with a curveball and a splitter—he knows how to pitch. He could close for them instead of Carlos Marmol.... They're putting together a really nice core. Starlin Castro is such an exciting player, but he's only 22 and he's still raw. He tries to show off his arm, and he'll make a highlight play and then botch a routine grounder. But all the tools are there for him to be an All-Star. He's ready to hit 30 home runs this year.... They spent a ton of money on Cuban prospect Jorge Soler. He's no Yoenis Cespedes—Cespedes is Bo Jackson—but Soler has above-average power, and I think he can play right with above-average arm strength. He just has to improve his pitch recognition and his two-strike approach.... People are saying shortstop prospect Javier Baez is the next Gary Sheffield, and I can see why. He can hit for average with pop, and he runs. I think they'll move him to third or the outfield. Soler, Baez, Fujikawa—all are first-round-caliber guys. The Cubs are coming.

The Lineup

2013 Projected Statistics

MANAGER DALE SVEUM

Second season with the Cubs

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

NEW ACQUISITION (R) ROOKIE

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