This Spring Training stat may surprise Chicago Cubs fans

The Chicago Cubs have benefited from the long-ball during Spring Training.

2024 Chicago Cubs Spring Training
2024 Chicago Cubs Spring Training / Matt Dirksen/GettyImages

Generating power has been a concern for the Chicago Cubs offense since the team traded away their World Series-winning core at the 2021 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline.

The Cubs are hoping that they have finally addressed that concern heading into the 2024 season.

With a starting lineup that will feature Seiya Suzuki, Cody Bellinger, and Christopher Morel, the potential remains for the Cubs to have three hitters in their lineup capable of hitting 25+ home runs this season.

A wild card in that discussion is first baseman Michael Busch. Finally, in a position to be a full-time starter at the Major League level, Busch is expected to live up to the lofty expectations cast upon him as he ascended through the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. The hope for the Cubs is that Busch can provide the power at the first base position since the trade of Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees.

If Spring Training is any indication, the Cubs may have finally addressed their need for power.

For all the talk that the Cubs needed to add Shohei Ohtani or Juan Soto to their roster this off-season, this team has proven they don't need them as they have more Spring Training home runs than both the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees.

All jokes aside, there is very little that can be taken from this stat.

Interestingly enough, the player who leads the Cubs in home runs this Spring is David Bote with 5. Despite routinely playing well in Spring Training, Bote seems to have fallen out of favor with the Cubs' organization. While there's a chance that may change with a new manager in place in Craig Counsell, it would seem that the Cubs will avoid creating a 40-man roster spot to clear the way for Bote's return to the Major League level.

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