DUSTY ALREADY LEANING TOWARD NEIFI
We Cubs fans probably overanalyze these type of statements (do ya think?), but it’s worth noting that before the bunting is fastened to the walls Dusty Baker is already leaning toward Neifi Perez. Or as Dusty calls him, “My everythingman”. From the Chicago Tribune:
“Neifi Perez, whom Baker referred to as “my everything man,” will be ready to move into the job if Cedeno struggles. “Cedeno is going to get the first nod, but it’s up to him to keep the job without us putting pressure on him,” Baker said. “We’re not in the giveaway business. We think he earned the situation that he’s in, but Ã¢â‚¬Â¦”
My understanding of that would be this: if Cedeno comes out and hits .200 for the month of April, then Neifi Perez will take over…and hit .200 for the rest of the year. I’m not saying Cedeno needs to keep the job in any situation, but the bet here is that if he struggles and the Cubs struggle he won’t even make it to 100 ABs before he is relegated to a reserve role. And that would be wrong.
Just 23 years old, Cedeno was a nice surprise when he played for the big club last year. He hit better than expected and showed defensive prowess. He was selected for the AAA All-Star Game and Baseball America calls him the Cubs’ 3rd best prospect.
If you are not going to ride it out with him he should be back at AAA playing every day. We know what Neifi Perez can do. Let’s make sure we find out what Cedeno can do.