6/21 Cubs Inbox
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Q: To follow up regarding Bryan LaHair and left-handed pitching, what were his stats in the Minors against lefties? I agree we cannot fully develop his talents if we don’t play him against lefties. — Tony H., Los Angeles, CA
A: In 2011, LaHair batted .284 (40-for-141) vs. left-handed pitchers. He had a .546 slugging percentage, .338 OBP, .884 OPS, with nine homers and 10 doubles. Against right-handers, LaHair batted .352 (111-for-315) with a .717 slugging percentage, .434 OBP, 1.151 OPS, 29 homers and 28 doubles. Dale Sveum was asked about LaHair vs. lefties this week.
“I think he’s got to get it out of his own head,” Sveum said. “There’s probably too much thinking, too much worrying about this pitch, guessing too much and not being aggressive enough early in the count, especially.”
Q: Did the Cubs sign Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler yet? I was really hoping for him to be a Cub. — Riley T., Dyersville, IA
A: Soler has not officially signed with the Cubs. There is still immigration paperwork to be processed, and he must pass a physical.
Q: Being that third base is our weakest offensive position, is it crazy to think LaHair or Anthony Rizzo could make that conversion? — Brian T., State College, PA
A: Yes, it’s crazy to think that.
Q: I have not heard anything about the progress of Wayne Gretzky’s son, who signed with the Cubs for a nice bonus. What’s his status? — John C., Hanford, CA
A: Trevor Gretzky, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2011 Draft, had a shoulder injury, and was rehabbing at the Cubs facility in Mesa, Ariz.
Q: I love the history of the Cubs uniform numbers. Has a Cub ever worn 00? I remember Turk Wendell and Todd Hundley wore No. 99. — Ed W., Terre Haute, IN
A: No one has worn “00” on a Cubs uniform or a single “0.” By the way, the last to wear No. 99 was So Taguchi in 2009. Hundley was the first in ’01.
– Carrie Muskat