Overreaction or reality: A closer look at 3 Cubs' spring training performances

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Overreaction or reality: A closer look at 3 Chicago Cubs spring training performances - Nick Madrigal

When Nick Madrigal was acquired via trade for Craig Kimbrel, the general sense was that the Cubs were getting a professional contact hitter that could be a pivotal piece to the team moving forward. He had career marks of .361/.422/.502 in college, .309/.371/.394 in the minors, and .317/.358/.406 in the majors in 313 career at-bats to that point before the trade. After a hamstring tear cut his 2021 short, he was again hindered by injuries in 2022, limiting him to only 59 games.

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This spring, Madrigal is slashing .400/.400/.467 with 3 RBIs and a stolen base. We're still getting used to the idea of him being able to field third base, but so far, it's gone off without a hitch. Where Madrigal's 0.996 FPCT was something to note in 2022, even at a secondary position, he could still be the best defensive option the Cubs currently have at the hot corner. The key now is simply staying healthy and getting into his rhythm offensively. The truth is, he always had the potential to be an everyday hitter.

Verdict: Reality