Chicago Cubs: David Ross wants something different for 26th man

David Bote - Chicago Cubs (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
David Bote - Chicago Cubs (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs manager David Ross wants something different for the 26th man. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know what that is.

Chicago CubsDavid Ross isn’t eliminating anything. Unfortunately, he isn’t removing anything. Ross is keeping his options open. Whether it be a speed guy or a catcher, he’s flexible. Ian Miller has been pretty exciting. Josh Phegley has been impressive, too. And Steven Souza Jr. even has wowed despite his blister–but his legs have been money.

Jason Kipnis and David Bote are ‘sure bets’ for one or both of them. And Nico Hoerner needs time at Triple-A after he skipped out on it. But to be honest? He could probably miss out on it. He has gotten the experience from the MLB level.

"‘‘In general, I just want somebody who complements the rest of the team,’’ Ross said. ‘‘Maybe something different [than what’s already on the roster]. I don’t want six utility guys. Maybe we have a power bat on the bench or a speed guy or a third catcher. We’re still looking at all those options.’’ h/t Gordon Wittenmyer, Chicago Sun-Times"

Phegley, Hoerner, Bote, Souza and Kipnis are ‘in the mix.’ One or all of them will make it. I think Hoerner and Phegley will start in Triple-A, the rest will start in the major leagues. That’s just a hunch, and I base this off of nothing.

I believe that Phegley and Hoerner will not make it out of camp, but will be favorable players down the road. I just feel like their skill set isn’t on par with the first few–but it will get there. And who knows? Bote, Souza and Kipnis, should they get injured? They’ll step up and fill in the gaps.

Next. Higgins is hot in the spring. dark

Do you see? One steps out, another steps in. That’s just the way things are. And things should go as planned, the way Hoerner went last season (.282/.305/.436 with an OPS of.741, three home runs, 17 RBI in 20 games.) Let’s just hope it goes that way.