3 most impressive Cubs spring training performances so far
3 most impressive Cubs spring training performances - #2: Trey Mancini
I'd be a lot more stressed over the Seiya Suzuki injury if not for the fact the man poised to fill in for him early on looking insanely comfortable at the plate in Trey Mancini.
Inked this winter to a two-year, $14 million deal, Mancini will see time in right, at first and DH. With the way he's looked this spring, it doesn't much matter where he's playing because he's using the whole field and looking like he's ready to be a key cog in the machine this year.
In 10 at-bats, Mancini boasts a 1.045 OPS - and while there are guys who've hit the ball with more power, his ability to go to all fields consistently has really stood out to me. Like Rick Sutcliffe said in Saturday's Marquee broadcast, it's all about getting timing and bat control down early because these guys know the power will come.
If Mancini can use the whole field with power, the Cubs will have a tremendously valuable offensive presence - and that doesn't even touch on what he can mean to a clubhouse and fanbase as a person and leader.