This was simply a case of a player not getting enough playing time. Matt Szczur was drafted by the Cubs out in the fifth round in 2010. A dual-sport athlete in college, the former Villanova star decided to stick to baseball full time in 2011. Matt first came up to the big leagues in 2014, hitting .226/.273/.355. Szczur would constantly flip flop between the minors and majors before earning a full-time roster spot in 2016. In 2016, Szczur hit .259/.312/.400, with a .712 OPS, and five home runs.
In May of 2017, Szczur was traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitcher Justin Hancock. Since joining the Friars, the man they call “salad” has hit .212/.368/.388, with a .756 OPS. He is taking a lot more walks, 20 BB, 20 K, with three homers. With his backstory, Szczur is such an easy guy to root for.