Thursday, February 1, 2007

Spring Training is coming

The buzz for the start of Spring Training is starting to build up since, frankly, there's nothing else but Barry Bonds to talk about. So here's my sleeper pick to surprise everyone during the Cubs' camp:

Angel Guzman

He was a highly touted prospect a couple of years ago before he had some shoulder problems, followed by surgery. His stock has since come down, especially since the rotation is looking like it's going to go like this:


That five slot is wide open, but it's hard to envision Mark Prior, if he's healthy, not getting it. But I like the work that Guzman did towards the end of last season in the minors - his control was back, something he's always had before the injuries.

Also, if you look at how he fared in the fall, you can see that his control was spectacular and that his strikeouts are up near his innings pitched.

Look for him to break out big time and maybe steal that five slot, he may even have Rich Hill, whom I think is great, looking over his back.


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