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Chicago Cubs MLB News - Cubs Baseball Blog » Right field could be a time share for the Chicago Cubs in 2013

Right field could be a time share for the Chicago Cubs in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Friday 22 February 2013 at 6:42 pm

29-year old lefty swinging Nate Schierholtz and 32-year old righty swinging Scott Hairston will duke it out for the starting RF job this spring.  More than likely, they will wind up in a platoon.  Schierholtz played in 114 games for the Giants and Phillies last year and he was 62 of 241 (.257 avg, .728 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 6 homers, 21 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He played in 80 games (47 starts) in RF last year and he had 0 assists and 1 error there while showing poor range.  Schierholtz has now played in 540 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 344 of 1,275 (.270 avg, .727 OPS) with 150 runs scored, 24 homers, 123 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  Scott Hairston has some serious thunder in his stick.  He played in 134 games for the Mets last year and he was 99 for 377 (.263 avg, .803 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 20 homers, 57 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  He played in 48 games (38 starts) in RF last year and he had 0 errors or assists while showing good range there.  Hairston has now played in 777 games in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 543 of 2,197 (.247 avg, .751 OPS) with 276 runs scored, 95 homers, 279 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.  26-year old righty swinging Dave Sappelt and 29-year old lefty swinging Brian Bogusevic will be duking it out for backup jobs this spring.  Sappelt played in 26 games for the Cubs last year and he was 19 of 69 (.275 avg, .800 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  He played in 20 games (16 starts) in RF for the Cubs last year and he had 2 assists and 0 errors there while showing out of this world range.  Sappelt has now played in 64 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 45 of 176 (.256 avg, .683 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Bogusevic played in 146 games for the Astros last year and he was 72 of 355 (.203 avg, .596 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  He played in 104 games (73 starts) in RF last year and he had 5 assists and 4 errors there while showing good range.  He has now played in 252 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 124 of 547 (.227 avg, .656 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 11 homers, 46 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RIGHT FIELDERS IN 2013:  C

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