The Chicago Cubs will likely have a platoon between Mike Fontenot and Aaron Miles. 28-year old lefty swinging Mike Fontenot played in 119 games for the Cubs last season and he was 74 for 243 (.305 avg, .909 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 9 homers, 40 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He only made 1 error in 82 games at 2B for the Cubs last season but he showed poor range. Because of his power Fontenot might get most of the playing time against righty pitchers at 2B in 2009.
32-year old switch hitting Aaron Miles is a gamer just like Fontenot so Cubs’ fans will like him. He played in 134 games for the Cardinals last season and he was 120 for 379 (.317 avg, .753 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 4 homers, 31 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Miles made only 3 errors in 85 games at 2B last season but he also has poor range. Fontenot and Miles will have to hit the baseball to make up for the defense they are going to play in 2009.
29-year old righty swinging Luis Rivas will be battling for a spot on the bench. He is the best defensive player of this bunch as he only made 1 error in 29 games for the Pirates at 2B showing outstanding range. But, he didn’t hit well in 2008. Rivas played in 79 games for the Pirates last season and he was 45 for 206 (.218 avg, .578 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 3 homers, 20 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C