Chicago Cubs: Finding help in the outfield
The Cubs also bolstered their outfield depth. Currently, however, their outfield is fine. Kyle Schwarber has dramatically improved his defense over the past two seasons, and Jason Heyward is a perennial Gold Glove candidate. The likes of Brennen Davis and Cole Roederer in the pipeline also greatly help.
A new face arrived with the club as they left the Winter Meetings, and that is former Colorado Rockies prospect Vance Vizcaino. Still just 25 years old, Vizcaino enjoyed success at Double-A for the Rockies in 2019. He slashed .266/.341/.408 with 32 stolen bases and a 121 wRC+.
Vizcaino spent just a season in Colorado’s organization before Chicago picked him up in round three of the Rule 5 draft. Before that, he was with Kansas City, experiencing some semblance of production.
The speed will be a significant factor for the Cubs who ranked 29th out of 30 teams in stolen bases last season. It does not hurt to keep a speedster on the bench, and that is precisely who the Cubs got in Vizcaino.