36-year old righty swinging LF Alfonso Soriano still has a lot of lightning left in his bat, but his speed is long gone. He played in 137 games for the Cubs last year and he was 116 of 475 (.244 avg, .759 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 26 homers, 88 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Soriano has played in 645 games in his first five years with the Cubs and he is 659 of 2,480 (.266 avg, .818 OPS) with 354 runs scored, 132 homers, 367 RBIs and 54 stolen bases. Soriano has now played in 1,606 games in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 1,750 of 6,382 (.274 avg, .829 OPS) with 978 runs scored, 340 homers, 927 RBIs and 264 stolen bases. Soriano played in 128 games in LF for the Cubs last year and he had 8 assists and 7 errors while showing terrible range there. The Cubs will forgive Soriano’s D as long as he provides them with some power.
35-year old righty swinging Reed Johnson will likely be the Cubs’ top backup in LF in 2012. Johnson played in 111 games for the Cubs last year and he was 76 of 246 (.309 avg, .816 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 5 homers, 28 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 285 games in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 219 of 744 (.294 avg, .783 OPS) with 108 runs scored, 15 homers, 100 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Johnson has now played in 997 games in his first 9 years in the show and he is 857 of 3,029 (.283 avg, .753 OPS) with 451 runs scored, 59 homers, 349 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. Johnson had 1 error in 27 games in LF for the Cubs last year but he showed poor range there.
25-year old righty swinging David Sappelt came over from the Reds in a deal over the winter. He played in 38 games for the Reds last year and he was 26 of 107 (.243 avg, .607 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Sappelt also played in 74 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 93 of 297 (.313 avg, .834 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 7 homers, 29 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He played in 31 error-free games in LF for the Reds last year and he had 2 assists while showing outstanding range.
25-year old Tony Campana can also handle playing LF if need be. He played in 35 games in LF for the Cubs last year and he had 1 error and 1 assist while showing off excellent range there.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LF IN 2012: B-