I can see the Cubs deciding to platoon at 2B in 2011 with Blake DeWitt going against righties and Jeff Baker against lefties. 25-year old lefty swinging Blake DeWitt played in 135 games for the Dodgers & Cubs last season and he was 115 of 440 (.261 avg, .709 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 5 homers, 52 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. DeWitt had 12 errors in 126 games at 2B last season while showing good range. DeWitt just doesn’t look like an everyday player to me and I kind of doubt that the Cubs look at him like he is one. But, DeWitt could be a decent player as part of a platoon.
29-year old righty swinging Jeff Baker is a solid hitter. He played in 79 games for the Cubs last season and he was 56 of 206 (.272 avg, .739 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 4 homers, 21 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Baker didn’t make any errors in 26 games at 2B last season for the Cubs while showing excellent range. If the Cubs opened up the competition for the starting job at 2B, I think Baker would win it as he’s a better all around player than Blake DeWitt is.
25-year old righty swinging Darwin Barney got a cup of coffee with the Cubs last year. He played in 30 games for the Cubs last season and he was 19 of 79 (.241 avg, .585 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. He made 2 errors in 10 games at 2B for the Cubs last season while showing excellent range. Barney also played in 114 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 143 of 479 (.299 avg, .711 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 2 homers, 49 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Unless Blake DeWitt or Jeff Baker get injured, Barney is going to start 2011 in the minors.
27-year old lefty swinging Scott Moore is back with the Cubs and he will try to earn a job on the bench this spring. Moore played in 41 games for the Orioles last season and he was 18 of 86 (.209 avg, .611 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers, 10 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He made 2 errors in 22 games at 2B last season while showing good range. Moore can also handle 1B and 3B defensively which gives him the versatility to make the Cubs in 2011 with a strong spring.
33-year old switch hitting Bobby Scales played in 10 games for the Cubs last season and he was 4 of 13 (.308 avg, .858 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Scales made 3 errors in 7 games at 2B last season while showing awful range. Scales also played in 119 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 100 of 373 (.268 avg, .850 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 10 homers, 53 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. I see Scales starting the 2011 season in AAA unless he has a huge spring.
36-year old switch hitting Augie Ojeda can handle playing shortstop also which gives him an edge to be the Cubs second bench infielder in 2011. He played in 15 error-free games at 2B for the D-Backs last season while showing terrible range. Ojeda isn’t much of a hitter either.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CUBS 2B IN 2011: C-