There are a few names you know well, and others who might surprise you.
This idea was suggested by a BCB reader in the comments a few weeks ago (sorry, can’t remember who), and I filed it away for future reference.
With today being pitcher/catcher report day, and as we await the first official team workout Wednesday, I thought I’d take a look back at who the best spring-training hitters and pitchers were for the Cubs as far back as mlb.com has complete statistics (2006).
For hitters, this is not a subjective choice. It’s a ranking by best OPS in spring games. Since in most years there are between 30-35 games, and most players don’t play in anywhere close to all the games, I’m making one decision here — the player has to have 50 plate appearances in spring games.
Here are the Cubs with the highest OPS, minimum 50 PA, for each spring since 2006:
2017: Ian Happ, .383/.441/.750, OPS 1.191, 23-for-60 (68 PA), 5 HR, 21 RBI
2016: Anthony Rizzo, .306/.410/.633, OPS 1.043, 15-for-49 (61 PA), 4 HR, 13 RBI
2015: Matt Szczur, .354/.426/.792, OPS 1.218, 17-for-48 (54 PA), 5 HR, 9 RBI
2014: Anthony Rizzo, .321/.368/.528, OPS .896, 17-for-53 …Read the Rest
Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue