Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 3, Mariners 5 - March 14, 2011

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 3, Mariners 5 – March 14, 2011

Chicago Cubs

Matt Garza had his first decent outing of the Spring, though it was still far from sparkling: two walks and three hits in four innings, one earned, and three Ks. Solid, but not great…

  • Reed Johnson went hitless again, dropping his Spring average to .138. Fernando Perez has an option left, so you’d have to believe Johnson was the presumptive favorite to win the 5th outfielder job coming into Spring, but he certainly hasn’t done anything to earn a spot.
  • Darwin Barney, on the other hand, continues to impress. He went 2-4 and scored a run. In the mysterious, continued absence of Augie Ojeda, Barney is winning himself a roster spot.
  • Thomas Diamond – still almost certainly ticketed for AAA Iowa – threw a couple scoreless innings.
  • Matt Szczur had his first hit of the Spring, which doesn’t much matter in the grand scheme of things. But I wanted to mention him, as he’ll certainly be someone to watch in the minors in 2011.
  • Are you ready to have you blood boiled a bit? Welington Castillo had another couple hits today, raising his Spring average to .636. Koyie Hill, who has one hit on the Spring, stands to make twice what Castillo would make if Castillo were to make the big club. For a team with such budgetary constraints, you’d think they would have exercised a bit more caution when committing nearly $1 million to a back-up catcher. Oh, and it will feel even better to watch the other catcher Hill was blocking – Robinson Chirinos – tearing shit up in Tampa. Harumph.

Author: Brett Taylor

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