2/21 Bunt tourney – UPDATED
Scott Hairston, Logan Watkins, Ian Stewart and Anthony Rizzo advanced in Thursday’s first-round bunt tournament matches for the position players. Among the pitchers, Scott Baker, Chris Rusin and Hisanori Takahashi moved on. Matt Garza’s match vs. Zach Putnam was delayed. Garza is sidelined with a strained lat, and so far, has a medical exemption. After Thursday’s intrasquad game, Dale Sveum said strength coach Tim Buss would sub for Garza in the tourney. Buss was the other finalist in the front office round.
Watkins totaled 670 points with an impressive display, and Sveum dubbed him “the DeJesus of this year.” David DeJesus won the inaugural event last year.
Here are Friday’s first-round matchups:
David DeJesus vs. Jorge Soler
Darwin Barney vs. Junior Lake
Starlin Castro vs. Matt Szczur
Alfonso Soriano vs. Rafael Lopez
Casey Coleman vs. Barret Loux
Shawn Camp vs. Robert Whitenack
Edwin Jackson vs. Trey McNutt
Carlos Marmol vs. Nick Struck
Strength coach Tim Buss vs. Zach Putnam
— Carrie Muskat