Cubs must answer these big questions heading into Spring Training 2.0

David Ross #3, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
David Ross #3, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
3 of 6
Chicago Cubs
Kyle Schwarber / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

Chicago Cubs: Who will be the team’s primary designated hitter?

It is very easy to say, “Kyle Schwarber is the primary DH,” and yes he is likely going to play some time there. However there are other players on the roster who will likely get some reps there as well.

The other obvious candidate to DH is Steven Souza Jr. He missed the 2019 season after tearing his ACL and MCL and is a career -3.0 UZR in the outfield. Before his injuries he accumulated 63 home runs from 2015-2017 with a .238/.327/.426 slash and is a career 103 wRC+. If he is healthy he can hit for power and be decently productive and is best served as a DH so Jason Heyward can play in right.

Other matchups can call for others who are better at defense to serve as the DH. If Ross wants Albert Almora in center and Heyward in right, then Ian Happ can fill the void. Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini can allow both bats to be in the lineup and one catching based on who is on the mound. Do not rule out Anthony Rizzo playing DH with Caratini at first if Rizzo’s back is bothering him.

Like or hate the DH, but it can really help out the Cubs this season.