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Nate Schierholtz’s Batting Power A Pleasant Surprise For Chicago Cubs

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Going into the 2013 season, who would have thought that Nate Schierholtz would have been such an asset for the Chicago Cubs? Only three weeks into the new season, the right fielder has the second highest batting average on the team, just behind Wellington Castillo, with .321. If you like his batting average, then you’ll love his on base percentage of .377.

Maybe it’s just me, but I expected Schierholtz to fade into the background with the rest of the mediocre Cubs’ players during Spring Training. I’m glad I was wrong because so far, the 29-year-old is proving to be a valuable part of this team, batting fifth in the lineup, just behind the Cubs’ power hitters.

It’s no secret that the Cubs have struggled at the plate this season, but you could leave Schierhotlz out of that problem. According to CBS Sports, the right fielder currently has a career-low 10.4 percent strikeout rate. A Cub who doesn’t strike out all the time? We need to keep this guy around!

Schierholtz impressed earlier this month when his former team, the San Francisco Giants, came to town for a four-game series against the Cubs. He went 3-4 in the first game between the two teams and hit a two-run homer in the series finale. Maybe the Giants were wishing they had kept him around after their former teammate’s good work.

Day after day, Schierholtz continues to be the strength the Cubs need at the plate. No, he doesn’t hit home runs each time he’s up to bat, but he’s able to get on base and that’s exactly what this team needs right now.

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