When Tyler Colvin slugged 20 home runs in just 358 at-bats two seasons ago, everybody was up in arms about the Cubs' top prospect finally finding his groove. It was assumed he would take over right field in 2011 for the near future.
But after an absolutely horrendous '11 season in which he hit just .150 and was sent down to the minors to attempt to regain his stroke, many questions surround Colvin.
Will he be in the team's future? Is he considered a bust yet? What does the new regime think of him?
And with David DeJesus' signing Wednesday, that made things quite a bit more complicated.
With Marlon Byrd in center and Alfonso Soriano in left, DeJesus projects as the starter in right field next season, all but pushing Colvin to the curb. Barring a trade (which is absolutely possible), Colvin doesn't figure to be a huge part of the 2012 plans at this stage.
CSNChicago's Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney says Colvin will have to fight for a job in spring training, a far fall from his powerful rookie season of 2010.
We signed DeJesus (to) round out our lineup, Hoyer said in Mooney's article. Tyler given the year he had needs to bounce back and that comes in spring training. But to say hes out of our plans would be wrong.
So what does the future hold for the former first round pick? Maybe he'll just go to Boston for Theo compensation and put that issue to rest.
On Monday it was officially announced in a joint statement that the MLB, MLBPA, San Diego Studio, and Sony Interactive had agreed to a multi-year extension on their partnership to create the popular, officially licensed MLB video game, MLB The Show.
This year's upcoming edition of MLB The Show, MLB The Show 20, features Cubs superstar shortstop on the cover. The award-winning game will be entering a pivotal year as MLB The Show 20 will be the 15th anniversary of the franchise. Among the other big announcements from Sony Interactive was that the Sony exclusive title will be making its way to other console platforms soon, as early as 2021.
The Baez-led MLB The Show 20 will feature a variety of specific gameplay features and promotions to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the beloved MLB video game franchise.
The Cubs could use a leadoff hitter and a center fielder. One player who can fill both of those holes is available is looking to sign soon.
Japanese center fielder Shogo Akiyama is in the U.S. with his agent, according to Sports Nippon, while the winter meetings take place in San Diego.
Akiyama is a center field option when center field options are limited this offseason. Brett Gardner is a free agent, but the 36-year-old wouldn’t be easy to pry away from his only professional organization.
Akiyama is 31 and saw a dropoff in his numbers in Japan last season, but still had a .392 on-base percentage with 20 home runs in 143 games.
Albert Almora’s struggles last season left the Cubs with uncertainty in center going forward. That saw Jason Heyward spending some time in center with Kyle Schwarber and Nicholas Castellanos on the corners. That’s not a pretty defensive outfield. Meanwhile, Akiyama has two Golden Glove awards in Japan.
He would also bring on-base skills and speed to a Cubs lineup that has resorted to having power hitter Anthony Rizzo play leadoff at times.
Akiyama would also likely not be an expensive option, which is key for a Cubs team reportedly looking to get under the luxury tax this offseason.
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