Well, was working on an aritcle and missed this one.
The Cubs got their outfielder and he's a good fit in that he hits LH and plays solid RF defense. He's not a walk machine but he does have some on-base skills. What he lacks is power. He's a career .270/.319/.409 hitter. Against RHs last year, however, Schierholtz hit .287/.358/.413, so the Cubs can maximize his production by platooning him, probably with Dave Sappelt.
The move guarantees that David DeJesus will indeed stay in CF but with solid defense in both corners, the Cubs can help mitigate the effects DeJesus' below average defense there. It's not an ideal situation, but not a bad signing under the circumstances.
Schierholtz signed a one year deal for $2.25M with 500K in incentives, so if Jackson is ready, it won't be hard to transition him to 4th OF'er status. He also has value in that he can back up Anthony Rizzo at 1B.
Schierholtz was the Giants #4 prospect in 2008 and the #8 prospect in 2007.
In 2008, Baseball America wrote this,
For a player with 30-homer potential, Schierholtz makes excellent contact. His strikeouts have dropped from 132 to 81 to 77 over the past three seasons as he has leveled out his lefthanded swing. He plays a strong right field and has an above-average, accurate arm. He's a good runner for his size if not a pure basestealer. His body is all sculpted muscle.
Obviously the power didn't develop but much of the rest of the report has held true. He's a good defender with a plus arm and makes solid contact at the plate.
He was on the back of my mind but it was a bit of a surprise for me. I didn't mention Schierholtz at all this offseason.
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