By Nick Schaeflein @ptchr2424 on March 30, 2014
The first of many Spring Training camps at the new Cubs Park complex has officially ended for the Chicago Cubs. The 2014 season will be the beginning of a new era on the North side of Chicago. Spring Training saw the Cubs' future put into motion, and also saw some solid performances as well. Here are five players who got off to a great start in preparation for the 2014 MLB season.
While these two young relievers did not make the 25-man roster, they still had a great showing during camp. Combined, they tossed 16.1 innings allowing zero runs. Each also fanned 11 batters, and gave up minimal hits. Perhaps both could get a taste of the big leagues in 2014 if they continue to throw the ball well at the minor league level.
After getting off to a late start due to a minor injury bug, Jason Hammel really started to throw the ball well in camp. In 16.2 innings, he struck out 13 batters and posted a 3.24 ERA. If healthy, Hammel will bring consistency to the rotation all season long with his command.
Ryan Kalish was given an opportunity this spring and made the most of it. He led the team in runs (10) and stolen bases (six). Kalish also added a .304 batting average and was awarded a spot on the 25-man roster.
Mike Olt is turning into a great story for the Cubs. A somewhat forgotten man after struggling the last few seasons, he had corrective eye surgery done and is now back to his slugging ways. Olt led the team in at-bats, socked five home runs, and added 12 RBIs. Those stats propelled Olt to a spot on the Opening Day roster.
After being tabbed as the face of the franchise, Anthony Rizzo simply found it "awesome!" The face of the franchise posted a .321 batting average, which was the best on the team of anyone having at least 15 at-bats. Rizzo also added 17 hits, three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs. Rizzo will look to carry that momentum towards a big year in 2014.
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