Since publishing my post that said Barney wasn't the answer at 2B for the Cubs, I've been going back and forth on whether or not I actually felt that way. Sure, he'll never have an OPS near .700, which is terrible. But he plays great defense, hits .300, and singles are more valuable than walks. So maybe there's room for him?
Plus, who else is gonna do it? I really don't think the Cubs should (slash can afford to) pay Kelly Johnson $5 million-plus to play the position for a year or two, and despite my yearning for it to happen Blake DeWitt still hasn't been able to impress anyone. So, what the heck?
That leaves the farm, I guess. So now I've opened up the stats for each of the Cubs' most interesting infielders. Plus, if you stick around til the end of the post, I'll give you updates on some other interesting minor league hitters as well. Joy!
(Note: I wrote this yesterday, so my numbers are as of Sunday morning. Since then, Tyler Colvin has hit a home run, etc etc)
Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are some stats for you to enjoy:
DJ LeMahieu: .358/.386/.492 in 187 ABs with AA Tennessee
.366/.386/.415 in 41 ABs with AAA Iowa
2 2B, 4:1 K:BB, 2:0 SB:CS in 10 games at Iowa.
Has appeared at 2B, SS, and 3B over the last 10 games.
Ryan Flaherty: .301/.378/.524 in 296 ABs with AA Tennessee
14 HR, 36 XBH, 53:38 K:BB, 4:6 SB:CS
Has appeared all over the place lately, but most frequently at 3B.
Josh Vitters: .279/.312/.446 in 269 ABs with AA Tennessee
8 HR, 28 XBH, 29:9 K:BB, 3:5 SB:CS
Has appeared at 1B and 3B over the past 10 games.
Summary: Look for Flaherty to be promoted soon, Vitters to stay in Tennessee the rest of the season, and for both LeMahieu and Flaherty to get Spring Training invites next February.
Other notes: Tyler Colvin is hitting .205 over his last 10 games in Iowa, with just one extra base hit, a double... Brett Jackson has a .359/.468/.615 over his last 10 games, along with a .265/.379/.458 on the season in Tennessee...Wellington Castillo has a .270/.372/.378 over his last 10 games, but a .305/.368/.555 over 164 total ABs in Iowa.
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