With Johnny Big Bat Unavailable, Cubs Claim Johnny Field Off of Waivers from Twins (Seriously)

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With Johnny Big Bat Unavailable, Cubs Claim Johnny Field Off of Waivers from Twins (Seriously)

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The headline. How could I note?

Today, the Chicago Cubs made another waiver claim, snagging 26-year-old outfielder Johnny Field off of waivers from the Twins. Yesterday, the Cubs grabbed lefty Jerry Vasto from the Royals.

Field split his 2018 season mostly at AAA between the Rays, Twins, and Indians, and in the big leagues between the Rays and Twins in his first Major League action. There, he hit a combined .222/.254/.403 (76 wRC+), showing good power as he had in the minors, but also an absolute refusal to take a walk. He struck out at a 30.9% clip while walking just 3.0% of the time. My sense? This is a dude who hits the ball very hard … when he hits it.

In announcing the waiver claim, the Cubs used the perfect picture for a guy named Johnny Field:

The Cubs could use some upper-level depth in the outfield, and having a guy who can play all three positions while bouncing up and down between AAA and the big leagues is always a nice thing. It’s possible the Cubs will yet try to sneak Field through waivers so they can outright him off of the 40-man roster, but for now, it stands at 36.


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.