Chicago Cubs: Can breakout candidates, bounceback guys perform in 2022?
The team did make an interesting addition in Clint Frazier, but he too has had his problems in the majors. It’s not a stretch to say that the outfield is the team’s Achilles heel, and it may be something the Cubs are better off waiting to fix. Help is on the way somewhat soon in the form of Brennen Davis, but until then it may be wiser in the long run for the team to hope someone previously mentioned, or perhaps someone like Greg Deichmann, can contribute next season, as throwing another big contract out in addition to Stroman and potentially Correa isn’t practical.
Another area that could be of relative concern is both of the corner outfield spots. While both Patrick Wisdom and Frank Schwindel both made the most of their opportunities and each got a few rookie of the year votes as a result, there is some reason to believe they could be flashes in the pan. Both players were not expected to be anything for the Cubs, with Wisdom being a minor league free agent signing, and Schwindel being a waiver claim, and each has been with a few different organizations over the years.
In the end, however, both were given opportunities with the team after the deadline, and both produced promising offensive outputs. The Cubs would be wise to go into a wait-and-see mode with the pair and adjust their strategy accordingly. Hopefully, the duo can work their way into being a new version of Bryzzo, but the team should be prepared for if they regress.