Mar 7, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Chris Valaika (60) scores the go ahead run in the ninth inning of a sprig training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Cubs won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
He may not be one of the big time prospects on the radar, but Chris Valaika certainly has played well enough to earn consideration to be a part of the 2014 version of the Chicago Cubs. The 28 year old former 2008 Reds minor league player of the year is hitting .312/.381/.459 on the year. He’s played in 3 MLB seasons 2 with the Reds one with the marlins and brings experience and versatility to the table. He can play 3 infield spots and as you can see by his .381 OBP he gets on base. With Barney continuing to struggle offensively, and his playing time decreasing don’t be surprised if he’s traded for a bag of balls or outright waived, and replaced by Valaika.
Christian Villanueva has hit more like himself lately after a poor start. In his last 28 days he’s slashed .272/.314/.444, and in his last 7 .273/.304/.545 with 2 HR driving in 4 and scoring 4. Last season he was a doubles machine, and has a very respectable 13 so far this season. He continues to give the Cubs insane depth at the 3rd base position.