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Jason Vosler slugged a three-run homer in the Cubs loss and a look at third base depth

Vosler goes deep

Jason Vosler made his first hit of the spring a solid one, launching a three-run homer deep over the right-field wall in the 8th inning. Vosler was 0-for-8 before the homer and finished the game at third..... Pierce Johnson had his best outing of the spring, blanking the Indians for four innings. Johnson recorded seven ground ball outs, fanned two, and yielded three hits. The right-hander had allowed seven runs over his first four spring frames...... 1B Jacob Rogers made his debut and struckout in the 10-5 loss to the Indians on Saturday night....LF John Andreoli, C Taylor Davis, PH Albert Almora all went 0-for-1.....RH Felix Pena worked the ninth, allowing a run on two hits and walk with two punchouts.

Third Base Depth

The hot corner starts with Kris Bryant, the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year. The Cubs first round pick in 2013 was in the minors long enough to earn Player of the Year honors in 2014. Javier Baez, Ben Zobristt and Tommy La Stella all can play third.

The Cubs have put together a nice collection of third basemen in the minors, starting with Christian Villanueva. Once considered the Cubs future at third, Villanelle broke his leg in spring training and is expected to miss at least two months. Out of options, the Cubs may end up losing the Mexico native. If Villanueva doesn’t return to Iowa, the Cubs will use Ryan Dent, Kris Negron, and Munenori Kawasaki at third.

The Cubs top third base prospect is 22-year-old Jeimer Candelario, who had a comeback year last season after struggling and getting demoted in 2014. The switch-hitting Candelario was put on the 40-man roster during the off-season and if he continues to perform like he has in spring training, should be in Iowa before the end of the summer.

Jason Vosler will see plenty of time at third base in Myrtle Beach to start the year. Vosler displayed game power last year and spent extra time at fall instructs working on his defense. Jesse Hodges, a member of Canada’s gold medal winning Pan-Am team, played 90 games for South Bend and hit .238/.316/.363 with 6 HR and 34 RBI.

When he’s not a linebacker for Boise State, Joe Martarano has seen action at third but he may be better suited for first if he ever turns to baseball full-time. Blake Headley (20th round-2015) and Matt Rose (11th round-2015) should both see time in South Bend, and Adonis Paula, 21, (2011-Dominican Republic) hit .261/.316/.382 with 2 HR and 19 RBI in 47 games last year at Eugene.

Wladimir Galindo is a player to keep an eye on after a wrist injury ended his 2015 season in the Arizona Rookie League (.358/.400/.522). Galindo was one of the top international players in 2013 class and has shown good power and a quick bat in his pro career. 


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