23-year old lefty swinging Felix Pie and 31-year old righty swinging Reed Johnson will likely share CF in 2008 for the Cubs. Pie has not lived up to his press clippings thus far in his major league career. He played in 87 games for the Cubs last season and he was 38 for 177 (.215 avg, .604 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 2 homers, 20 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He was incredible in AAA ball however. He played in 55 games there and he was 83 for 229 (.362 avg, .973 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 9 homers, 43 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Pie showed slightly below average range in CF last season but he didn’t make a error in 80 games there.
31-year old righty swinging Reed Johnson had his worst season of his major league career last year. He played in 79 games for the Blue Jays last season and he was 65 for 275 (.236 avg, .635 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs. Johnson played in 70 games in LF for the Blue Jays and he didn’t make any errors while showing slightly above average range. Johnson has been a solid hitter over his major league career so the Cubs are hoping he bounces back with them. He played in 610 games for the Blue Jays in his major league career and he is 585 for 2,083 (.281 avg, .752 OPS) with 319 runs scored, 42 homers, 234 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.
25-year old lefty swinging Eric Patterson would likely get the call to the majors if either Pie or Johnson gets injured. Patterson played in 7 games for the Cubs last season and he was 2 for 8 (.250 avg, .625 OPS). He also played in 128 games in AAA last season for the Cubs and he was 153 for 516 (.297 avg, .817 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 14 homers, 65 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.
26-year old lefty swinging Sam Fuld is the #4 guy in line for playing time in CF for the Cubs. He played in 14 games for the Cubs last season and he was 0 for 6 (.000 avg, .333 OPS) with 3 runs scored. He also played in 104 games in AAA last season and he was 111 for 387 (.286 avg) with 69 runs scored, 3 homers, 29 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: C-