5 Cubs players who are putting up eye-catching numbers this spring

The early returns from key relievers have been impressive and a pair of potential bench bats are duking it out for a potential spot on the Opening Day roster.
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Spring training is winding down and teams' Opening Day rosters are starting to come into focus. That's certainly the case for the Chicago Cubs who, at this point are just figuring out the finer details, such as bench pieces and the finishing touches on the bullpen.

Several of the players who could go either way in terms of cracking the Opening Day roster are leaving it all on the field, giving Jed Hoyer, Craig Counsell and Cubs brass a tough decision to make over the next week-and-a-half. Here are 5 guys who have turned heads this spring with their performance.

Garrett Cooper is doing everything the Cubs hoped for - and more

Early this month when the Cubs added former All-Star infielder Garrett Cooper on a minor league deal with an invite to big league spring training, the hope was he could play his way into the infield picture, adding an insurance policy for Michael Busch at first.

It was the same logic employed when Chicago signed former first-rounder Dominic Smith, as well. The lack of production at first base last season has Hoyer hedging his bets heading into 2024 and both Smith and Cooper have looked good this spring, although it's virtually impossible both make the Opening Day roster.