The downward spiraling Cubs have sent first baseman Derek Lee packing to Atlanta which means opportunity for Tyler Colvin in the Windy City.
The Tyler Colvin experiment at first base is set to begin during the Cubs’ trip to Washington next week. Colvin has been taking ground balls at first base — a position that he hasn’t played since his sophomore year at Clemson.
“Colvin will play at first base and some in the outfield,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Friday. “I think on the road in Washington would be a good time for him over at first to see how comfortable he is and how he looks. We can go from there.”
Colvin has had an impressive season as a part-timer and is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise horrid year for Piniella. He’s hitting .249, but has shown considerable pop with 18 dingers and 42 RBI in a limited role.
The Clemson Tiger had a breakout junior year where he was .356/13/70/23. He came out after his junior year and the Cubs plucked him in the first round with the 13th overall pick. Colvin skipped right through Triple-A ball to come directly to the Cubs this season after spending last year at Double-A in the Southern League with Tennessee. At Tennessee, Colvin swatted 14 homers and had an impressive .300 average.
Fantasy Baseball Analysis: At age 23, Colvin has a lot of upside in his future. The move to first base will not hurt his power numbers and he’ll get to play every day now (he hasn’t started his August 14). According to CBS Sports, Colvin is only owned in 35% of leagues so there’s a good chance that he’ll be available on your waiver wire.