37-year old righty swinging LF Alfonso Soriano was mentioned in a lot of trade rumors over the winter, but he will be the starter LF for the Cubs heading into spring training. Soriano played in 151 games for the Cubs last year and he was 147 of 561 (.262 avg, .821 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 32 homers, 108 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He played in 145 games (143 starts) in LF for the Cubs last year and he had 12 assists and 1 error out there where he showed outstanding range. Soriano has now played in 1,757 games in his first 14 years in the majors and he is 1,897 of 6,943 (.273 avg, .828 OPS) with 1,046 runs scored, 372 homers, 1,035 RBIs and 270 stolen bases. 32-year old Scott Hairston will probably be Soriano’s top backup in 2013. He played in 59 games (37 starts) for the Mets in LF last year and he had 1 error and 1 assist out there while showing poor range. 34-year old righty swinging Darnell McDonald could get some P.T. in LF in 2013, but he’s going to have to play well this spring to make the team. McDonald played in 42 games for the Red Sox and Yankees last year and he was 18 of 88 (.205 avg, .649 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He played in 21 games (16 starts) in LF last year and he had 2 assists and 0 errors there while showing out of this world range there. McDonald has now played in 306 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 175 of 711 (.246 avg, .705 OPS) with 98 runs scored, 19 homers, 78 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. 29-year old Brent Lillibridge could also get some P.T. in LF for the Cubs in 2013. He played in 20 games (3 starts) in LF last year and he had 0 assists or errors there while showing pretty poor range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LEFT FIELDERS IN 2013: B+