After putting on another hitting display this spring, going 4 for 5 against the San Diego Padres in Cactus League play, Tyler Colvin seems to have locked up a roster spot. He is hitting an amazing .475/.475/.729 this spring, with 13 RBI, 2 home runs, 2 triples, and 5 doubles.
"He's not looking for a roster spot," manager Lou Piniella said. "He's looking for somebody's position."
An official announcement has yet to made of Tyler Colvin's spot on the opening day roster.
Updated it's official Tyler Colvin has made the Team!http://twitter.com/PWSullivan
Colvin has done everything he can to show he belongs with the major league team. It started by his off season strength and conditioning program with Tim Buss, discussed at length in this article here Chicago Cubs' Tyler Colvin Added Lots of Muscle, Will he Make an impact? I must admit I was hopeful, yet somewhat doubtful in this article.
Will Tyler get some regular playing time with 202.3 million committed to Soriano, Fukodome, Nady, and Byrd? That is the plan at this point with 2 to 3 starts a week. Colvin can play all three outfield spots, so that works in his favor, and it would keep Soriano, Byrd, and Fukodome fresh, and Xavier Nady is not ready yet for any regular playing time.
Some interesting things to note Colvin has faired well against left handed and right handed pitching this spring and in the minor leagues, including going 2 for 2 with a single and a home run against left hander Clayton Richard yesterday.
Tyler Colvin has been known for his lack of plate discipline, and has yet to draw a walk this spring. He has done a good job getting himself into a good hitter's count a lot this spring 2-0,3-1, and has used that to his benefit with his .475 batting average. It is my humble opinion that if he continues to hit with authority, pitchers will see this and he will get his share of walks. I don't think he will ever be a high on base percentage guy, but he will probably be more than serviceable.
The Cubs must decide between Chad Tracy or Kevin Millar for the final roster spot, here is an article with a full statistical breakdown of each player. Chad Tracy or Kevin Millar: The Veteran Battle for the Bench.
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