The way Tyler Colvin played this spring made Manager Lou Pinella’s decision that much easier. Colvin was the Cubs 1st round pick in the 2006 Draft and at the age of 24, it looks like he is finally ready for the big time. Colvin batted over .450 for much of the spring — leading all of major league baseball — and was the Cubs most consistent hitter right from the start.
Pinella had this to say about Colvin’s play — “There was never really a doubt for a while. He played himself onto the roster and had a great spring… We’re going to get some playing time for Colvin. It’ll be good for all of our outfielders to get a day off occasionally, so they can stay strong and are less prone to injury. We’ll figure out something over the next few days.”
Colvin was humbled by the decision — “We have four great outfielders here who have proven themselves in the Major Leagues and hopefully, when I get in there, I can contribute in some way…The Cubs are trying to win, obviously. They’re trying to get the best guys in here to do the job. We have four great guys here… Hopefully, I can do some good things, too.”
Not only is this a great story, it is a great thing for the Cubs. With Alfonso Soriano’s injury-history and Kosuke Fukudome’s propensity to go into prolonged-slumps, it will be nice for Pinella to have a dependable option out there. When you also consider the fact that 4th outfielder Xavier Nady is also still recovering from shoulder surgery, we could see a lot of Colvin this season.