32-year old righty swinging Marlon Byrd will be the starting CF in 2010 for the Cubs. He will give the Cubs improved defensive play and hitting from the position in 2010. Byrd played in 146 games for the Rangers last season and he was 155 of 547 (.283 avg, .808 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 20 homers, 89 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Byrd played in 104 games in CF last season for the Rangers and he made 5 errors while showing below average range. He only had 3 assists so he doesn’t have a big arm out there but he is a much better defensive player in CF than Kosuke Fukudome.
28-year old lefty swinging Sam Fuld will try to make the Cubs as Byrd’s backup in 2010. Fuld played in 65 games for the Cubs last season and he was 29 of 97 (.299 avg, .821 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Fuld also played in 84 games in AAA-ball in which he was 93 of 328 (.284 avg, .772 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 2 homers, 33 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. Fuld didn’t make any errors in 26 games in CF for the Cubs last season but he didn’t have any assists and showed poor range there. If Fuld improves his range a little bit in the field he could be a nice asset off the bench for the Cubs in 2010.
24-year old lefty swinging Tyler Colvin is a player on the rise in the Cubs’ system and he will battle with Fuld for a roster spot. Colvin played in 6 games for the Cubs last season and he was 3 of 17 (.176 avg, .426 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. He also played in 116 games in A+AA ball last season and he was 120 of 419 (.286 avg, .812 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 15 homers, 60 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Colvin didn’t make any errors in 6 games in CF for the Cubs last season and he showed outstanding range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CF IN 2010: B