Spring training is a time when young up-and-comers can get their first taste of the big leagues; when free agent minor leaguers can earn a contract with a new team; when veterans can re-establish or bring new life to their careers.
It is a time when organizations can test the development of some of their prospects; when the most developed of these prospects can rip a roster spot from the hands of a journeyman veteran; a time when free agents can begin to make their mark on their new club.
Spring training is a time of endless possibilities and the birth of hope for the new season; a time when dreams can come true and a lifetime of hard work cashes in. But it is also a time when big-league careers can end—sometimes before they’ve even started.
This spring the Cubs could see all of these scenarios play out in Mesa. Already there have been some surprises and disappointments at the mid-way point.
The following is a list highlighting some of the “winners” and “losers” thus far in spring training.