The Cubs are putting Luis Valbuena on the DL and 2B Logan Watkins is getting the call to replace him on the roster. Watkins is hitting .243/.333/.379 with 8 HRs and 10 SBs, though he has been caught 9 times.
Watkins is an athletic player but he's more of a grinder than the kind of guy who will blow you away with his skills. He can do a little bit of everything; run, solid defense, hit for a little pop, and he'll take a walk (11% rate this year). He has struggled this season at the plate and the question is how much he can hit. He has especially struggled against LHP (.226/.320/.338) and has done so for the past two seasons.
So what we can probably expect is that he can help fill in around the infield along with the recently called up Donnie Murphy. Watkins has the arm to play 3B. though he has played there only once in his professional career. He can also fill in in the OF, having played 45 games in CF, including 3 this season.
Watkins is an interesting story as a draft pick, having been more known for his football skills (QB, DB) in Goddard, Kansas. But the Cubs selected him in the 21st round and paid him an overslot bonus of $500,000 to forgo a potential college football career. He has bulked up a bit since being drafted and isn't quite the runner he was back then, but he has substituted a little pop, putting up a decent ISO for a middle infielder of around .140 over the past two seasons.
He's an exciting player who will grind things out and if he hits, he'll be a favorite among many Cubs fans for his style of play. Looking forward to seeing how he fares against MLB pitching.
- DeJesus CF
- Lake LF
- Rizzo 1B
- Navarro C
- Schierholtz RF
- Ransom 3B
- Watkins 2B
- Murphy SS
- Villanueva P
UPDATE: I'll be heading off to watch the game today. First time at seeing Watkins and Lake in an MLB game. Murphy too.
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