*Post updated on March 13, 2013
Something caught my attention last week while researching the oldest and youngest players on the Cubs’ roster.
While learning the Cubs have the fifth youngest roster in the majors, I also discovered they’re tied with Miami for having the most left-handed batters on a roster (9). (Things have apparently come a long way since Jim Hendry felt desperate enough to sign Milton Bradley in 2009.)
Moving on, (9) is a rough figure depending on which roster source you’re viewing. Some, for example, list Adrian Cardenas, who’s no longer playing for the Cubs. Brian Bogusevic is another example; a left-handed batter who may, or may not, make the team out of spring training. And, the number changes depending on whether or not left-handed batting pitchers are included.
Nonetheless, here’s a combination list of the Cubs’ left-handed bats heading into 2013:
40-MAN ROSTER – 8 or 13 including pitchers
*(Travis Wood bats right-handed)
Others (minor league or non-roster spring training invites)
(*) indicates pitcher
Minor League Totals (LHB currently listed on Cubs minor league rosters)
-18 left-handed batters total including Triple-A through Single-A rosters
As for switch-hitters, the Cubs have two of note: catcher Dioner Navarro and pitcher Lendy Castillo. Cleveland and San Francisco are tied for the most switch-hitters with (6).
In the Cubs minor league system (Triple-A through Single-A) there are 10 switch-hitting batters.