Unlikely, but Sam Fuld should get a decent look at the Cubs 2010 center fielder. Fuld is a scrappy player who gives 110% each and every day. After not appearing on the Cubs major league roster during the 2008 MLB schedule, Fuld played in 65 games in 2009. He only got 97 at-bats in a reserve role, but he batted .299 with a .409 on-base percentage. Fuld is a patient hitter (17 walks) who doesn’t strike out a lot (10 K’s). He doesn’t have a lot of pop in his bat or RBI production capabilities (1 HR, 2 RBI’s) which is something that Manager Lou Pinella desires, but he will get on base and isn’t a liability in the field at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs are also trying to work our a deal with Reed Johnson who is a free agent. To have Johnson as the starting center fielder with Fuld as the 4th outfielder would be an ideal situation for Pinella and the Cubs. It’s unclear if GM Jim Hendry will be able to work out a suitable deal with Johnson who is looking for a longer-term commitment.
There have been calls for minor league prospect Tyler Colvin to get a shot at the center field job in 2010, but he still has some minor league development that will take precedence in 2010.
So while I don’t think that Fuld will earn the starting center field job in Spring Training 2010, look for Fuld to get a lot of playing time in 2010.