Next up in the week long look at position battles, is who is going to be left handed power hitter off the bench for the Cubs. Last year it was a role that was given to Micah Hoffpauir, and while he did show decent power, he struggled late which lead to him being sent down to the minors.
–29 years old, bats left handed
– Career Average of .280 with 78 Homers and 318 RBI’s
–38 Years old, bats right handed
– Career Average of .274 with 170 Home Runs and 699 RBI’s
– 30 years old, bats left handed
– Career Average of .264 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI’s
Early indications have Chad Tracy being the one that makes the team out of this group. Tracy gives the Cubs versatility as he can play first base, third base, and the corner outfield spots.
Kevin Millar on the other hand gives the Cubs a strong clubhouse presence, a good teammate and team leader, something the Cubs are looking for after last season.
Micah Hoffpauir on the other hand appears to be the odd man out, as he will likely start the year in Iowa or on another team.