Spring Training Miscellany: Chatwood, Kimbrel, and Jeffress Throw, Mr. Manager, Hitter Putting in Work, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Chatwood, Kimbrel, and Jeffress Throw, Mr. Manager, Hitter Putting in Work, More

Chicago Cubs

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs announced the 2020 Spring Training broadcast schedule, which got you in the mood, and today … PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORTED!

Spring Training 2020 is officially underway, and with it is our first Spring Training Miscellany of the year. Enjoy some of the sights and sounds and what-have-you from the first official day of baseball out in Mesa, Arizona …

  • Tyler Chatwood, Craig Kimbrel, and Jeremy Jeffress were among the first pitchers throwing this morning, which is certainly great to see:

  • If you could lock in quality performances – even relatively speaking – for those three guys, your hopes for the Cubs’ season would go through the roof. After all, the back of the Cubs rotation could use a healthy, effective 30-start season from Tyler Chatwood like I can use oxygen, and the upside of the bullpen would soar through the roof if two formerly dominant closers like Kimbrel and Jeffress resembled something close to their past success.

  • Steven Souza Jr., meanwhile, isn’t likely to play as big of a role on the diamond this year, but it is good to see that he’s healthy and taking cuts. At a minimum, he could be a really nice complementary piece in the outfield. And, of course, he also has some legit upside in him (121 wRC+ in 2017), but it’s impossible to know if he could even remotely approach that level again after a couple injury-filled years.

  • Anthony Rizzo’s 2019 offensive production (141 wRC+) was his best since 2016. But it also marked the second straight season he finished with fewer than 30 home runs. I bet he gets back over the hump this year. Regardless, he’ll mash.


  • Who doesn’t like slow-mo stuff:

  • This is Jose Quintana’s last season under contract with the Chicago Cubs – pretty crazy how fast 3.5 years can fly by, eh?


  • David Ross, manager.

  • With an opening at second base and no new free agents signed for the position, David Bote might be in a really great spot to take the job and run with it (at least until Nico Hoerner enters the fold in a permanent way, if that happens). Either way, Bote is likely to be a key contributor this season:

  • I love everything about this:

  • More shots from Arizona:

  • It’s weird to see Alzolay without his hat being tipped:

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami