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Colvin in need of at-bats, could be sent to farm

Posted on: May 14, 2011 9:07 pm
By Evan Brunell

ColvinTyler Colvin was able to grab 394 plate appearances last season and had no shortage of playing time in the early going.

Not so this year, as he has just 68 plate appearances, with just 11 at-bats in May and has struggled to the tune of a .113/.191/.258 line.

"It's been awful for Tyler," Cubs manager Mike Quade noted to Colvin has lost playing time due to the hot start of Kosuke Fukudome, and Alfonso Soriano has made it hard for Quade to justify giving him a day off as well. Plus, the Cubs' necessity in getting Carlos Pena out of his slump has forced them to trot out his name at first base as much as possible. Oh, and Colvin's competition off the bench for outfield at-bats is scorching hot.

"I haven't been able to find as many [at-bats for him] as I want," Quade said. "Other people are as responsible for that as Tyler. He's struggled for sure, but with our outfield playing the way it is, I've got a guy sitting on the bench who's tearing it up right now in Reed Johnson. [Colvin] understands his role as a bench guy but you want to keep him involved as well."

What's the solution?

It could mean a trip to the minors.

"We need to get him involved some way, somehow, and that's been on my mind the last few days," Quade said when asked if Colvin could be sent to Triple-A. "We'll see how this homestand plays out and take a look at that.

"It's a heck of a balance every day to try to keep [Colvin] involved and get him to where he was last year and contribute on that level," Quade added. "You're also trying to win ballgames and do justice to the other guys who are hitting. It's the worst part of my day [trying to determine what to do with Colvin]. The five guys who aren't playing bother me more than anybody else. That's been a really tough situation for Tyler."

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Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:16 am

Colvin in need of at-bats, could be sent to farm

All I can say is it's about time.  With the signing of Johnson I thought Colvin was going to start in AAA until they trade Fukudome in July.  Also, to no surprise CBS has poor reporting.  Colvin actually had more ABs this April than he did last April.  So for this reporter to say "not so this year" referring to playing time is just uninformed.  Colvin is young and needs to work on his pitch recognition desperately.  If he doesn't lower his K-rate he'll be another Corey Patterson.  I just wish the Cubs had some great young players.  Other than Castro and maybe Soto we got nothing.  Pitching is also a joke.  I'm not sure what to expect from Cashner but he already has shoulder problems after 1 start.... not good.  Jay Jackson has been way over hyped and I don't think he'll pan out at all.  McNutt had a good year last year but can he repeat it?  Other than Brett Jackson the Cubs farm system is a joke.  Hopefully Vitters will pan out.  Otherwise he'll be one of the worst 3rd overall picks in the history of the game.

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