8/28 Callups, Campy & Barney, and Ramy
Interim GM Randy Bush, Mike Quade and player development director Oneri Fleita will meet Friday in Chicago to discuss which players will be added when rosters expand Sept. 1. The Cubs’ Minor League teams wrap up their seasons next weekend. Among the players expected to be added are first baseman Bryan LaHair, who was batting .330 with 36 homers and 105 RBIs for Triple-A Iowa.
* One thing Quade would like to see by both Tony Campana and Darwin Barney is to be more selective at the plate and take advantage of their speed. That means they have to get on base.
“I think a huge thing for ‘Campy’ down the road is to get stronger,” Quade said Sunday. “Don’t touch his legs but if he can get stronger, he can drive the ball a little more. If he can get the outfield to respect his swing and do some things, that will be huge.”
Quade also told Barney in Spring Training that the second baseman will thrive if he can lay off the high fastballs.
“His swing is good enough,” Quade said of Barney. “If he can add that discipline on a regular basis, it will put him in favorable counts and keep the ball out of the air. He’s such a good mid-thigh, low-ball hitting guy.”
* Aramis Ramirez leads the Major Leagues with a .427 batting average in August while teammate Reed Johnson is fifth at .400. Ramirez is tied for tops among any Cubs player in the month of August, dating to 1946. Shawon Dunston batted .427 in August 1991; Bill Madlock hit .425 in August 1975; and Manny Trillo hit .409 in august 1986.
– Carrie Muskat