5 Chicago Cubs players that may benefit from Seiya Suzuki injury
5 Chicago Cubs players that may benefit from Seiya Suzuki injury - Nelson Velazquez
Outfielder Nelson Velazquez got an extended look at the Major League level with the Cubs last season as he was with the team for 77 games but manager David Ross was cautious with when he would give the 24-year-old outfielder playing time. Velazquez slashed .205/.286/.373 in 206 plate appearances. Velazquez's advanced metrics would suggest that he may have better luck with more consistent playing time as he had a Hard Hit percentage of 41.7% last season while barreling the ball 13.3% of the time.
Entering Spring Training, the goal for Velazquez may have been to get regular playing time at the beginning of the season with Triple-A Iowa. Now, the Cubs have a temporary opening in right field. The opening would allow Velazquez to finally get adjusted to the Major League level while getting consistent plate appearances.