Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Marlon Byrd

Marlon Byrd was a nice surprise last season. He had all the makings of a Jim Hendry bad signing. A guy coming off a career year, plus the face that he was playing Texas. While, Milton Bradley didn't work out, Mr. Byrd was quite good last season.

He's the perfect player to have on a winning team, it's just too bad that Byrd is on a average team that will have a tough time contending with the pieces the team currently has in place.

After the jump, we'll take a closer look at Marlon brings to the table.

Bryd is not a perfect player, because one of his flaws is that he doesn't walk at all. Last season, he only had a 4.9% walk rate, so the offense he does bring is because of his bat. His average is helped by a career .325 BABIP. That means he will need his bat to remain quick to keep as a       productive player.

Over at Fangraphs.com, Byrd is predicted to finish with a .283/.339/.428 slash line, which was in line with last year's numbers. The one area where Byrd shines is his defense. His UZR/150 in CF was 9.8. If Byrd continues the solid D to go along with his solid hitting, he could help the club. I wouldn't be shocked if he wasn't dealt this year if the Cubs fall out of the race early.

Byrd is not flashy or will he win any MVP's, but overall I like what he brings to teh Cubs.

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