Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer announced on Thursday that outfielder Ryan Kalish will have a spot on the Cubs opening day 25-man roster.
After battling with injuries for the past two seasons, Kalish making the Cubs roster is certainly one of the top stories of Spring for the team. Before joining the Cubs in the off-season, Kalish has spent his entire professional career with the Boston Red Sox. Kalish was long believed to make an impact with the Red Sox, however, injuries over the past two seasons eliminated that possibility for the outfielder.
Kalish has had an impressive Spring for the Cubs. Kalish has hit .275/.370/.300/.670 this Spring with the Cubs in 40 at bats. Kalish fits the mold of being a player that Hoyer and Theo Epstein like to have on their Major League roster. Kalish has been so impressive this Spring that he may be pushing Nate Schierholtz out of the picture in right field.
The Cubs have been shopping Schierholtz throughout all of Spring Training and there is a wide belief that he will be dealt before opening day. If Schierholtz is indeed dealt, Kalish will likely be the everyday starter for the Cubs in right field.