Chicago Cubs: Week 1 spring training report

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Projected Roster

Each week, I will provide and update on the most likely roster scenarios for both the 25 and 40-man roster. To better gauge the fluidity of the roster, I will point out the “last three in” and “first three out.” This will provide a glimpse into the players to watch when it comes to who may – and who may not – make the final cut.

40-Man Roster (Projected as of 3/1)

The following players are currently the favorites to make the 40-man Cubs roster:

*Currently not on 40-man roster

Last Three In:  C Chris Gimenez, P Cory Mazzoni, OF Peter Bourjos

First Three Out:  IF Mike Freeman, P Eddie Butler, P Jen-Ho Tseng

25-Man Active Roster (Projected as of 3/1)

The following players are currently the favorites to make the Opening Day Active Roster:

Last Three In:  IF Tommy La Stella, P Shae Simmons, P Brian Duensing

First Three Out:  P Justin Grimm, IF David Bote, P Dillon Maples

What to Watch for Next Week

With week one in the rear-view mirror, things begin to get serious for players fighting for roster spots. Expect to see the starters get stretched out to 2-3 innings per outing. Pay attention to the pitchers Joe calls on with runners in scoring position or late in games. Who he puts into leverage situations should telegraph who is on the bubble and still has something to prove.

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As far as the offense goes, expect to see plenty of David Bote and Mike Freeman. Both will be given every opportunity to prove they belong. Pay attention to situational at-bats, as building “good habits” in these situations will remain the priority for Cubs hitters.

I’ll check back in next Friday with the Week Two report!