Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Beat Old Friends, Willson is Ready, Hamels is Ageless, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Beat Old Friends, Willson is Ready, Hamels is Ageless, More

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The Cubs took down the Rangers today, including beating up on old friend, Jesse Chavez. And it was Cole Hamels, himself a former Ranger, of course, who started against his old mates:

  • Cole Hamels had a very boring two-inning debut, much like Jon Lester did, which is precisely what you want to see from your mid-30s veteran starting pitcher in his first Spring Training start.
  • I didn’t see anything out there on his velo readings today, but he is clearly feeling good and fresh:

  • David Bote had a couple hits in his return to action following the weekend beaning, so I’d say he’s doing just fine physically.
  • In addition to his MONSTER shot, Willson Contreras had a caught stealing and a pick-off today. He’s … ready for the season.

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  • Cubs outfield prospect Mark Zagunis also homered in this one. There’s so much to love about Zagunis – especially his discipline – but he hasn’t quite shown enough power to project at a corner outfield spot in the big leagues, and he’s not a center fielder. So that’s a pretty tough carry as a bench player when you’ve only got three non-catchers on the bench. He’s on the 40-man roster for now, though, so he’ll be among the call-up options this year if there’s a need in the outfield.
  • We’ll have more on Jason Heyward’s absence in a bit, but just to get an early explanation in front of you tonight:

  • Good and fair point here by Joe Maddon:

  • How Len Kasper put in the work today:

  • Missed you, Mike Trout:



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.