Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cubs 2011 Roster Coming Into Focus

Ol' Trusy, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald, took a gander recently at the Cubs 2011 roster as it approaches its first round of cuts. He rightly observes the best NRI (non-roster invitee) is probably Todd Wellemeyer:
If there’s a guy who could make the team off the nonroster list, it might be old friend Todd Wellemeyer. In his 2 outings this spring (1 start), Welly has worked 4 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 run with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.
That being said, he should still not be even in consideration for Randy Wells's job, which should be the 4th starter.

Of more interest to me: Bruce's feelings on the 5th OF spot:
Speaking of the outfield, you might give the early edge to make it as a backup to Fernando Perez. The Cubs seem intrigued by his speed. Of course, that speed needs to get on base. Perez is 3-for-8 with a pair of walks. Reed Johnson, a nonroster man, is 3-for-16 with 2 walks.
I am an unabashed and long-term fan of Fernando Perez. I hope with every ounce of my willpower he makes the team. I hope, even more outlandishly, he someday becomes a starter -- and even a great player!

This is a good first step.

Image source: Eric Kilby.

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