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Most Impressive Hitter: 3B Luis Valbuena (10-for-34, 4 2B, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 10 R)
With Mike Olt pushing for the starting third base job, last year's platoon of Luis Valbuena and Donnie Murphy had their work cut out for them this spring if they hoped to keep hold of the hot corner job. Valbuena has done his part, turning in a terrific spring at the plate and flashing impressive power.
Most Disappointing Hitter: CF Ryan Sweeney (5-for-42, 2 RBI, 2 R, 10 K)
Sweeney showed enough in limited action last year, hitting .266/.324/.448 with 21 extra-base hits in 192 at-bats, that the Cubs seemed content to use him as the primary center fielder heading into the season. He has struggled this spring, though, and he could be pushed by Justin Ruggiano if those struggles carry over to the regular season.
Most Impressive Pitcher: RP Arodys Vizcaino (5 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K)
None of the Cubs projected starters have an ERA under 4.00, and the team's top relievers have been far from lights-out as well, so we'll give the most impressive nod to Vizcaino. His stuff has been praised all camp as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery, and while he will begin the season in extended spring training, he could make a huge impact in 2014.
Most Disappointing Pitcher: SP James McDonald (5.2 IP, 8 ER, 6 H, 9 BB, 0 K)
A legitimate All-Star candidate in the first half of the 2012 season, when he went 9-3 with a 2.37 ERA over 17 starts, McDonald has struggled ever since. The Cubs took a chance on him with a one-year, $1 million deal this offseason in hopes that he'd seize the No. 5 starter job, but he has struggled mightily.
Top Prospect: SS Javier Baez (14-for-47, 3 2B, 5 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R)
The team's top prospect entering the season, Baez got a long look this spring and flashed the raw power that has fans hopeful he'll be a future superstar. He has already been optioned to the minors and will look to cut down on his strikeouts with more seasoning at Triple-A Iowa, but his bat will likely carry him to Chicago at some point in 2014.
Surprise Roster Spot Winner: *OF Ryan Kalish (11-for-40, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 10 R, 6 SB)
Kalish, who will turn 26 before Opening Day, missed all of last season recovering from labrum surgery, the second such operation he has had in his career, and he's played in just 36 games over the past three years.
A former top prospect in the Boston Red Sox system back when Theo Epstein and company were at the helm, Kalish is healthy now and has showed enough this spring to win an Opening Day spot as a non-roster invitee.
Surprise Roster Cut: RP Blake Parker (8 IP, 7 ER, 8 H, 7 BB, 5 K)
A 16th-round pick back in 2006, Parker worked his way slowly up through the Cubs' farm system and finally made his way to the big league bullpen last year.
Over 49 appearances, he had a 2.72 ERA, 1.165 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 46.1 innings of work. Struggles this spring landed him in Iowa to open the year, though, and he will need to work some things out before returning to Chicago.
*Projected to make roster, not official yet.