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The Chicago Cubs have gotten good work from their catchers so far in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 30 August 2013 at 7:36 am

26-year old righty swinging Welington Castillo and 29-year old switch-hitting Dioner Navarro are sharing time behind the plate and the results have been impressive so far in 2013.  Castillo has played in 99 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 88 of 331 (.266 avg, .704 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 4 homers, 22 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Navarro has been a force offensively for the Cubs this year.  He has played in 72 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 55 of 186 (.296 avg, .871 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 11 homers and 27 RBIs.  Navarro could be trade bait this weekend for the Cubs.  That being said, Castillo and Navarro have made a nice combo behind the plate for the Cubs in 2013.

Donnie Murphy is on fire with the bat for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 23 August 2013 at 1:27 pm

30-year old righty swinging infielder Donnie Murphy has been on fire with the bat since the Cubs called him up.  Murphy has played in 16 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 19 of 58 (.328 avg, 1.191 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 8 homers and 15 RBIs.  He played in 89 games earlier this year in AAA-ball for the Cubs and he was 80 for 302 (.265 avg, .795 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 12 homers, 41 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Murphy is playing the best baseball of his career right now, but it’s doubtful that he can keep it up.

Junior Lake has been on fire since the Chicago Cubs have called him up

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 8 August 2013 at 9:12 am

23-year old righty swinging Junior Lake has gotten most of his P.T. in the outfield in the majors, but he was an infielder in the minors.  Lake has played in 20 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 28 of 84 (.333 avg, .861 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 4 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Lake has been hacking at the plate though as he has whiffed 21 times against only 2 walks so far this year.  Lake also played in 40 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year in which he was 46 for 156 (.295 avg, .803 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 4 homers, 18 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  Lake came into this season as the Cubs’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America, so they have high hopes for him.

Anthony Rizzo is having a solid year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 1 July 2013 at 4:49 pm

The Cubs signed 23-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo to a 7-year, $41 million dollar deal last winter with team options for 2020 and 2021.  He is looking like a good investment for the Cubs so far.  Rizzo has played in 79 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 76 of 301 (.252 avg, .802 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 12 homers, 48 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Rizzo has now played in 166 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 172 of 638 (.270 avg, .804 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 27 homers, 96 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Rizzo looks like a player the Cubs can rebuild around.

Darwin Barney is waking up with the bat in June for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 22 June 2013 at 1:37 pm

27-year old righty swinging 2B Darwin Barney is the best defensive player on the planet, but he was having his issues at the plate early this year.  He seems to be getting back on the right track offensively so far in June.  He has played in 19 games in June so far and he is 19 for 74 (.257 avg, .647 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  Barney has now played in 58 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 47 of 208 (.226 avg, .642 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 14 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Cubs’ offense isn’t good enough to carry Barney just for his glove, so he needs to keep hitting.

Nate Schierholtz was a smart pickup last winter for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 6 June 2013 at 9:40 am

When the Cubs signed 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nate Schierholtz to a 1-year deal over the winter, it made just a blip in the news.  But, it has worked out well for both the Cubs and Schierholtz.  He is platooning in RF with Scott Hairston for the Cubs this year.  He has played in 50 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 45 of 156 (.288 avg, .836 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 7 homers (2nd on team), 23 RBIs (3rd on team) and 4 stolen bases.  Schierholtz loves to play at home.  He has played in 27 games at Wrigley Field so far this year and he is 26 for 83 (.313 avg, .952 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 5 homers, 18 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

The Chicago Cubs are getting good production out of a platoon at 3B in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 7:06 am

27-year old lefty swinging Luis Valbuena and 37-year old righty swinging Cody Ransom have formed a solid platoon at 3B for the Cubs so far this year.  Valbuena played in 31 games for the Cubs last year and he was 25 of 92 (.272 avg, .874 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Ransom has played in 14 games for the Cubs since they signed him and he is 13 for 40 (.325 avg, 1.036 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers and 5 RBIs.  The Cubs hope that Valbuena and Ransom keep up the good work as they need all of the help that they can get offensively.

Welington Castillo is off to a good start with the bat for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at 8:17 am

26-year old righty swinging catcher Welington Castillo was supposed to share time with switch-hitting Dioner Navarro, but he has taken over an almost full-time role so far this year.  Castillo has played in 14 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 19 for 54 (.352 avg, .838 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Castillo is hacking at the plate right now as he has whiffed 13 times without walking so far this year, and it’s going to be hard for him to maintain a high batting average that way.  Castillo has now played in 77 games in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 72 for 257 (.280 avg, .768 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 7 homers, 31 RBIs and 1 stolen base.

Starlin Castro is finishing strongly for the Chicago Cubs in September

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 25 September 2012 at 4:22 pm

22-year old righty swinging SS Starlin Castro slumped in the middle of the season for the Cubs, but he’s finishing strongly in September. Castro has played in 22 games so far this month and he is 29 for 89 (.326 avg, .865 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 11 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He has now played in 153 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 174 of 613 (.284 avg, .751 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 13 homers, 76 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. He has now played in 436 games in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 520 of 1,750 (.297 avg, .761 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 26 homers, 183 RBIs and 57 stolen bases. Castro has solidified himself as one of the key building blocks for the Cubs in their rebuilding project.

Alfonso Soriano is finishing the 2012 season hot for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 19 September 2012 at 2:50 pm

36-year old righty swinging LF Alfonso Soriano isn’t letting all of the losing effect his performance at the plate, as he has remained hot in September. He has played in 17 games for the Cubs so far this month and he is 18 of 69 (.261 avg, .838 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers and 19 RBIs. Soriano has played in 138 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 135 of 517 (.261 avg, .811 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 29 homers, 101 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. The Cubs are likely going to try to deal Soriano over the winter and teams are going to be interested as he still swings a pretty solid bat.

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