Bote finished Cactus League play with a .333/.448/.375 slash line across 10 games.
Bote had a strong 2019 spring training as well and he parlayed it into an increased role with the Cubs, as he played 127 regular-season games versus 74 a year earlier. The 27-year-old should work in a utility role again when the 2020 regular season is able to begin, and his versatility will be a valuable asset for Chicago as they navigate what figures to be a compacted schedule.
Bote is one of several players competing for the primary second base job over the final weeks of spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Chicago manager David Ross said Bote, Jason Kipnis and Nico Hoerner are all in the mix to seize regular playing time. The most likely scenario is that the Cubs utilize a platoon at second, with Bote also working as a reserve at third base. The 26-year-old flashed some potential last year with 11 home runs and a .784 OPS in 127 games, but his lack of a true everyday role limits his 2020 ceiling.
Bote would likely take over at shortstop for the Cubs if Addison Russell (head) is forced to miss time, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Regular shortstop Javier Baez was diagnosed with a fractured thumb on Saturday, and then on Sunday, Russell left the game after taking a pitch to the helmet. The latter is being evaluated for a concussion, and Bote is the likely candidate to play at shortstop if both Baez and Russell are sidelined. The Cubs' next game is Monday in San Diego.
Bote went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and another run scored in Thursday's win over the Brewers.
In his return to the big leagues, Bote launched a solo home run off Jake Faria in the ninth inning. The long ball was his first since July 26 and his 11th of the season. Bote was recalled ahead of Thursday's game after spending less than a week in the minors. Across 274 at-bats, he's hitting .266/.362/.449.
Bote was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Craig Kimbrel (elbow) was sent to the injured list in a corresponding move, allowing Bote to rejoin the Cubs after spending less than a week in the minors. The 26-year-old is slashing .262/.359/.435 with 10 home runs and four stolen bases in 108 games with the Cubs this season and will likely fill a utility infield role down the stretch.
Bote was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after Saturday's game against the Brewers, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Bote returned to the majors last weekend and went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two walks in his two appearances, but he'll head back to Triple-A as Ben Zobrist (personal) rejoins the Cubs. Bote should return to the big-league club after spending the minimum 10 days in the minors.
Bote was recalled from Triple-A Iowa Sunday, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
The Cubs put pitcher Derek Holland (wrist) on the 10-day injured list Sunday and recalled Bote to fill the roster spot. The 26-year-old infielder is slashing .257/.352/.429 in 268 MLB at-bats this season and will serve in a utility role for however long he sticks in the majors.
Bote was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Monday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Bote is 5-for-10 with an RBI and three walks over his last 10 contests, but he'll head back down to the minors following Monday's roster move. Steve Cishek (hip) is expected to return from the 10-day injured list and take Bote's place on the 25-man roster for Tuesday's matchup with San Francisco.
Bote is not in the lineup Thursday against the Reds.
Bote finds himself on the bench for the third time in four games as Ian Happ, who went 2-for-4 with a grand slam Wednesday, picks up another start at the keystone in his place. The 26-year-old Bote is hitting just .238 with a 28 percent strikeout rate since the All-Star break and could continue to lose out on at-bats to the hot-hitting Happ (.320/.452/.600 in 12 games since his promotion).
Bote is not starting Wednesday against the Athletics.
Bote will sit for the second time in three games as Ian Happ picks up a start at the keystone in Wednesday's series finale. In 19 games since the All-Star break, Bote is slashing .238/.360/.333 with one home run and a 28 percent strikeout rate.
Bote is not in the lineup Monday against the Athletics.
Bote will head to the bench for Monday's series opener after starting the past three games and going 3-for-9 with a 2:1 BB:K. In his place, Tony Kemp is starting at the keystone and hitting eighth.
Bote is not in the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals.
Tony Kemp is starting at second base and hitting eighth in this one. In 13 second-half appearances, Bote is slashing just .207/.281/.345 with one home run and a 40.6 percent strikeout rate.
Bote went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Brewers.
Bote gave Chicago a lead with his two-run blast in the top of the sixth inning, though the Cubs' bullpen squandered it. The 26-year-old, who is up to 10 home runs this season, is not getting everyday playing time, but he's been decently effective when he's cracked the lineup.
Bote is starting at third base and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Pirates.
Bote will be making his first start after the All-Star break, though he has appeared in both games. With Kris Bryant entrenched at third base and Robel Garcia climbing the depth chart at second, Bote will have to settle for a super utility role the rest of the way, though injuries could change things.
Bote is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Bote was unable to take advantage of the three consecutive starts he drew heading into Sunday, going hitless across 10 at-bats while striking out nine times. With both Bote and Daniel Descalso looking lost at the plate heading into the All-Star break, the newly recalled Robel Garcia may have unseated both as manager Joe Maddon's preferred utility-infield option.
Bote is starting at third base and batting sixth in Sunday's game against the Reds.
Bote will pick up his first start of the weekend series after appearing late in Saturday's contest. The 26-year-old is blocked from a starting role at the moment, but he's produced decently when he's played, as he has a .791 OPS and nine home runs in 203 at-bats.
Bote is not in the lineup Friday for the second day in a row.
Bote is hitting just .200 in June, so manager Joe Maddon apparently decided to give him a couple days to clear his head. Addison Russell will man the keystone for the Cubs on Friday night -- the fifth time he has done so in the last eight games.
Bote is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves.
Daniel Descalso will earn the start at second base in the series finale, but Bote appears to hold a playing-time edge over both him and Addison Russell at the moment. The utility man had started five of the previous six games, outpacing both Russell (four starts) and Descalso (zero) during that stretch.
Bote is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.
After homering in Friday's 5-4 loss, Addison Russell will be rewarded with a second straight start while Bote retreats to the bench. The two infielders continue to battle for one spot in the everyday lineup, and the timeshare arrangement may be tilting in favor of Russell. Bote has recorded only two hits in 16 at-bats over his last seven games.
Bote went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Wednesday against the White Sox.
Bote took Lucas Giolito deep in the fourth inning, his ninth homer of the season. That was his only hit of the contest prior to being pulled in the sixth frame in favor of Addison Russell. Though he's hitting effectively -- he has a .273/.348/.492 line across 207 plate appearances -- he continues to lose at-bats to Russell, making his playing time difficult to project moving forward.
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|2015||AFX-South Bend Cubs||98||315||46||79||20||2||6||41||29||60||5||3||.251||.328||.384|