This is starting to feel like a regular feature…

  • Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training earlier this week, and today is the reporting date for everyone else – though most Cubs are already in camp. Indeed, the only players yet to report are Kosuke Fukudome, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castro and Max Ramirez.
  • The complete list of positional players in Spring Training this year are infielders Jeff Baker, Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro, Blake DeWitt, Scott Moore, Augie Ojeda, Carlos Pena, Aramis Ramirez, Bobby Scales, Marquez Smith, and Josh Vitters, and outfielders James Adduci, Marlon Byrd, Matt Camp, Tyler Colvin, Kosuke Fukudome, Brett Jackson, Reed Johnson, Bryan LaHair, Luis Montanez, Fernando Perez, Brad Snyder, and Alfonso Soriano.
  • Mike Quade sees a lot of room for improvement defensively, specifically calling out Starlin Castro and Blake DeWitt up the middle. He is less concerned with the outfield defense, which includes left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
  • New first baseman Carlos Pena is already at work with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, and is thrilled to be a Cub. It’s becoming increasingly easy to see why this guy is considered such a good clubhouse presence – and increasingly difficult to see why he bounced around from team to team early in his career.
  • Blake DeWitt is still under consideration for the leadoff spot, though my guess is that’s more aspirational than based on past results (as in, “it would be really nice for the rest of our lineup if DeWitt *could* leadoff”).
  • philoe beddoe

    Hooray! Nothing about Pujols!…The hype has been rather silly..but I guess by just mentioning him I…oh well..

    does anyone else feel this team is badly in need of a veteran infielder not named Augie Ojeda?…you know Aramis is goiing to miss his customary 30 games…I have read some encouraging stuff about Barney…but if Ojeda plays you are essentially giving up the 8th and 9th holes in line-up…

    • miggy80

      When you say veteran do you speak as games played or years in the MLB? Baker has been in the MLB since 05′.

      I would hardly say that it is “customary” for Aramis to miss 30 games. Since 01′ he’s played in > 140 games for 6 seasons. Now in the last two years he’s missed a ton of games due to that shoulder injury that we all saw. How he closed the season showed that he was getting back to 100%

      and I totally expect to be rooting for Augie in Des Moines this year.

    • Jeff

      Blake DeWitt would probably move to third if ARam got hurt anyway, Barney would still be the backup middle infielder, he would just get more playing time. That is, if something crazy doesn’t happen in spring training.