Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Getting to Know the Cubs: Ian Stewart

With Spring Training winding down, we continue our player-by-player breakdowns of Cubs newcomers with Ian Stewart, who was acquired to take the third base position vacated by the departure of Aramis Ramirez.
  • Born: April 5, 1985 in Long Beach, CA
  • Age: 27
  • Drafted: by the Rockies in the first round (10th overall) of the 2003 draft
  • Signed: June 11, 2003
  • Teams: Rockies (2007-2011); Cubs (present)
  • Contract Situation: 2nd year arbitration eligible, free agent in 2015
  • Career Stats: .236 average, 54 home runs, 187 RBIs
  • 2011 Stats: .156 average, 0 HR, 6 RBIs
  • B/T: Left/Right
  • Positions: 3B (354 career games), 2B (33 career games), LF (6 career games) and RF (3 career games)
  • ESPN projects that a change of scenery might be exactly what Stewart needed to jump-start his career.
  • Jersey: #2
  • Acquired by the Cubs: in the trade that sent Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu to Colorado in December. The Cubs also netted minor league pitcher Casey Weathers.
  • According to Fangraphs, Stewart is an above average defensive third baseman

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted!

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