Welcome to Chicago, Bobby Scales

Posted by Lionel on May 4, 2009.

If you haven't heard, the Cubs put Z on the D.L. today and called up Bobby Scales. If you had already heard, I'm sure you said "Who?"

Scales is a 31 year old career minor leaguer. He joined the I-Cubs last year, his 9th career season. He was a non-roster invitee this spring to Cubs camp and was back in Iowa until today.

Scales is your classic utility player. He a switch hitter whose seen time at all non-battery positions during his career. He has been primarily a 2-sack and he's probably not going to spell The Riot (he has 3 games at SS in over 750 career games), but he can play either corner spot and all three OF spots. He hit .320 with 15 HR's in 387 AB's, but he also struck out 90 times and was only 7 of 12 in stolen bases. He's off to a .303 start this year, including .385 against lefties.

This is a move to stick a 25th guy on the roster. With The Riot, Sori, and Fontenot being the only three players to have played in every game, he is valuable in being able to give the infield a little more rest while trying to keep guys healthy. I'm not sure we'll see him start, especially with ARam ready to get back into the lineup, but he could spell a couple of guys late in games or as a pinch hitter/runner.

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