11/21 Winter league update

Tony Campana went 0-for-4 but did steal a base in his first game for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela winter league play on Tuesday. Campana, who led off, played left and center field. The speedy outfielder batted .264 with the Cubs and swiped a career-high 30 bases. Josh Vitters also is playing for Leones, did not play Tuesday. He’s 0-for-7 in two games.

Alberto Cabrera struck out four over two scoreless innings in relief for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. Cabrera now has six Ks in 3 2/3 innings in two games.

— Carrie Muskat


When one thinks about it…Campana’s speed, defense and base stealing prowess makes his .264 ba rather acceptable as a full time player. There were plenty of players passing through the Cubs’ outfield revolving door during the Hendry era that were better hitters but far worse PLAYERS and CONTRIBUTORS than Campana. I wouldn’t mind at all if Campana was given the opportunity to start the season as the everyday center fielder and lead off man next year just to see if a whole season would be what he needed. Especially with the likes of Jackson struggling mightily at the plate and striking out and DeJesus being, well JUST DEJESUS. Why not in 2013, another no pressure season.

Happy Thanksgiving to you too Joey! I do hope that Campana comes back in 2013. He could cover center field well and DRIVE THE OTHER PITCHERS CRAZY WITH HIS STEALS. I know this all depends on his being able to reach base but maybe playing in Venezuela this winter will help. I am a fan of DeJesus, Joey. He makes unbelievablely good plays in right field. I also like his plate demeanor – he gets a ton of full counts, etc. Do we have anyone else who would be better in right field? I don’t think we do yet. Both Jackson and Vitters were VERY disappointing last season. 3rd base still being a mystery and perhaps Campana in CF. I was surprised about LaHair. Hope he can find a good team and I wish him a good future.

Hi White, can’t argue with you about having anybody better than DeJesus, even though you like him I do not think he would be that difficult to replace with a better all around ballplayer and it’s pretty sad that the Cubs do not have anybody in the system ready to push the run of the mill DeJesus? I can only think of Dave Sappelt possibly being a better and more useful player becasue of his speed. But you’re right, at this point there is no obvious replacement on hand.
I was kind of expecting LaHair’s “welcome” to run out and not be given another chance to claim an outfiled spot. I wish the Cubs would have at least let him challenge for RF this spring training and push DeJesus back to CF where Campana would be breathing down his neck. I wish him him the best in Japan.

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