The Cubs have a lot of depth in center field but quality could be an issue. 31-year old lefty swinging Kosuke Fukudome and 32-year old righty swinging Reed Johnson will probably platoon in CF. Fukudome was a huge bust for the Cubs as a rookie last season. He played in 150 games for the Cubs last year and he was 129 for 501 (.257 avg, .738 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 10 homers, 58 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. The Cubs expected much more than that from him last season. Fukudome played in 12 games in CF last season and he didn’t make any errors while showing poor range.
Reed Johnson is a all out player who always gives his all. He played in 109 games for the Cubs last season and he was 101 for 333 (.303 avg, .778 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 6 homers, 50 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He only made 1 error in 78 games in CF last season but he showed pretty poor range.
27-year old lefty swinging Joey Gathright will also get some P.T. in CF in 2009 for the Cubs. He played in 105 games for the Royals last season and he was 71 for 279 (.254 avg, .583 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 22 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Gathright only made 1 error in 100 games in CF last season for the Cubs but he also showed below average range.
27-year old lefty swinging Sam Fuld is likely too far down the depth chart to get much of a chance. Fuld played in 105 games in AA+AAA ball last season and he was 106 for 402 (.264 avg, .729 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 6 homers, 52 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C-