Chicago Cubs: 3 things we learned about this team in April

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Cubs: 3 things we learned in April: Seiya Suzuki is exactly what we’d hoped for

Introducing your National League Rookie of the Month for April – Seiya Suzuki. Despite dramatically cooling in the final week or so, the Chicago outfielder was unquestionably impressive during his first taste of big league action.

Suzuki is tied for the team lead in home runs (4) and leads all qualified Cubs hitters in OPS (.926), walks, RBI and doubles. He’s tasked now with making some adjustments to his approach as opponents do the same – but based on everything we’ve seen from him to this point, there’s no reason to think he won’t or can’t do so.

If he can keep this up, his five-year, $85 million contract could prove to be a steal – and one that not only pays dividends now, but when the team is ready to make a run at October again in the coming years.

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He’s been must-see TV early in his career, showcasing a plate discipline and eye unlike anything we’ve seen in some time. Suzuki stole the show in the first month of his MLB career and we’ll be keeping an eye on him as the calendar flips to May.