We had a fun day at Hohokam yesterday, I hope you had a chance to watch the game on WGN. The Cubs had a split-squad on Sunday with the traveling team losing to the Reds 10-0, but in Mesa the Cubs pulled off an exciting 10 inning 5-3 victory, that ended with a two-run walk-off HR by minor league call up DJ LeMahieu. If you’ve been a follower of the blog here at BOS you would have read this from my Feb.13th, 2011 Camp Colvin report:
One of the other players showing big results is DJ LeMahieu the second round pick for the Cubs in 2009. LeMahieu has added 19 lbs this off-season to his 6’4” frame . This is a very good thing because LeMahieu can hit, I bet he’s never hit below .314 for a season in his lifetime, although I haven’t checked his T-Ball records. Cubs Director of Scouting Tim Wilken said a while back that he thought DJ would eventually develop power to go with his natural line-drive swing. So it will be interesting to see if the added weight ups DJ’s power numbers this coming year. DJ has been a middle infielder playing college ball at LSU (2009 College World Series All-Tournament team) and was at second base last year with the Cubs A+ Affiliate in Daytona. LeMahieu is a player to keep your eye on, as his added strength could eventually make him a future candidate to shift to third base.
Considering the slimmer DJ had hit a total of 2 HR’s in 718 minor league at bats during his two season’s in the Cubs system his Hohokam walk-off shot is good sign for the future.
Here are some BOS photos from yesterday, shot by our John Antonoff.
|Barney trying to get throw on steal attempt|
|Dome base hit|
|Fernando Perez nearly pulls off amazing grab|
|DJ mugged by teammates after walk-off blast|