Chicago Cubs 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 75-87

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: Geovany Soto, Koyie Hill
  • Infielders: Starlin Castro, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Pena, Blake Dewitt, Darwin Barney, Jeff Baker
  • Outfielders: Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, Marlon Byrd, Tyler Colvin, Fernando Perez
  • Starters: Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano, Matt Garza, Randy Wells, Carlos Silva
  • Bullpen: Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, Sean Marshall, John Grabow, Jeff Samardzija, Scott Maine, Andrew Cashner

Notable Signings

  1. Carlos Pena: 1 year, $10MM
  2. Kerry Wood: 1 year, $1.5MM
  3. Matt Garza: traded for an OF & 4 prospects

Notable Losses

  1. Xavier Nady
  2. Micah Hoffpauir
  3. Tom Gorzelanny

Top Prospect

  1. Trey McNutt: RHP
  2. Brett Jackson – OF
  3. Chris Carpenter – RHP
  4. Jay Jackson – RHP

Key Position Battles

  • 4th & 5th Starters: Randy Wells vs. Andrew Cashner vs. Carlos Silva – As of right now Carlos Silva may not be looking so good after a dugout meltdown and a few poor performances in spring training. He should still have a leg up on Andrew Cashner may be better suited to start in the bullpen because he has not been stretched out as a starter in the majors yet but he will likely sneak into the rotation if someone faulters. If Randy Wells can find a middle ground between 2009 and 2010 he could be a formidable back end starter. Starter 4&5 Picks: Randy Wells & Carlos Silva

After an atrocious start under Lou Pinella, this Cubs team played much better down the stretch under new manager Mike Quade. They were 24-13 under Quade(51-74 under Pinella.) The look to add some pop to the middle of the order with Carlos Pena’s power bat. A middle of the order that will sport Pena, Aramis Ramirez, Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano will be very boom or bust but when they are on they will sport a ton of power; 20 home run average potential. The power bats will be complimented by the likes of Starlin Castro, who has the potential to be a batting title contender(too bad he can’t field at short,) and Geovany Soto. Their rotation is very similar to the lineup as it could be very boom or bust as well. Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano highlight the rotation and have shown that they could be utterly brilliant or completely inept on the mound. Their bullpen looks to be locked down by Carlos Marmol who averages an unheard of 16K per 9 innings. This team is shaping up to be better than last year but still looks to be in the middle of the pack in the NL Central.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 80-82

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