Hear it once and overlook it, hear it twice and it might have legs…Two different reports, one from Carrie Muskat and the other from Gordon Wittenmyer, mentioned So Taguchi has outplayed Joey Gathright this spring…and Lou Piniella has noticed.
Joey Gathright is hitting just .244 this spring with a .358 OBP, the left handed outfielder can play all three spots and add a valuable dimension at the end of a game…speed. But, So Taguchi has hit .263 with a .404 OBP with two doubles and a triple.
Lou Piniella said after Friday’s game, unprompted, about Taguchi:
“I’ll tell you the guy who’s had a heck of a spring is Taguchi. He gives you a very professional at-bat and has done a really nice job. I don’t know if there will be room, but what a professional young man he is and the way he approaches things and the way he works. I’ve been very impressed.”
Wittenmyer said the Cubs should find a way to keep Taguchi “even if it means sending speedster Joey Gathright out.”
Maybe Joey Gathright is not a lock after all.