Tyler Colvin's best asset might not be his quick hands, his smooth power stroke, his deceptive speed or his adaptable versatility. It's the gray matter he has between his ears.
Despite not getting consistent at-bats early in the season, Colvin found a way to stay effective. He listened and learned from Marlon Byrd about how to form a routine. And now that the time has come to play almost everyday, he's been productive.
Lou Piniella told me in Seattle, Colvin can be the left-handed power bat the Cubs have been craving. Piniella said the next step for the Clemson product is to learn the strike zone.
Colvin and I talked about that last weekend on the Southside:
"I like to swing a lot. It's just going up there and looking for a certain area. As long as I swing in that area, I'm fine with the strike zone. I'm not going to walk a ton, but hopefully I'll lay off the bad pitches I need to."
Cubs Central Pregame: Tonight's guest is rookie pitcher and local product Brian Schlitter. Tomorrow afternoon, Geovany Soto joins me from Wrigley.