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Former Cubs – Sam Fuld

By bullpenbrian at 04.13.2011 Leave a comment.

Former Cubs Sam Fuld is coming into his own with Tampa Bay.

Since being traded from the Cubs this January in the Matt Garza deal, the little slugger has shined for the Rays.

As we’ve come to expect from Fuld, his defense has been stellar. Just check out the catch he made last Saturday against the White Sox. Unreal!

But it’s his unexpected offensive outburst that has everyone taking notice.

In his Fenway Park debut Monday night Fuld went 4-for-6 with a HR, triple, two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. A lone single was all that kept him from the cycle.

However, his four extra-base hits and 11 total bases set an all-time record for a visiting player’s Fenway Park debut.

And not only did his line set career highs, but his four extra-base knocks tied the Rays franchise record!

Meanwhile, his home run was just the second of his career…his first coming with the Cubs in October of 2009 against Arizona.

Settling into the Rays’ leadoff spot, Fuld has strung together a four-game hitting streak, raised his batting average to .313, and leads the AL in stolen bases (6).

Fuld’s been equally strong defensively while playing all three outfield positions. In addition to several more highlight reel catches, he’s already posted two outfield assist.

In an offseason deal that featured top Cubs prospects Chris Archer, Hak-Ju Lee & Brandon Guyer going to Tampa…little ‘ol Sam Fuld was the forgotten man.

If Fuld keeps it up, we’ll never forget it!

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