2013 Projected Starting Lineup 1.(LF) Tony Campana2.(2B) Darwin Barney3.(CF) Brett Jacson4.(1B) Anthony Rizzo5.(3B) Ian Stewart6.(C) J.P. Arencibia7.(RF) Andy Seath8.(SS) Adrian Cardenas9.(Pitchers Spot) Catcher Arencibia looks to of been a huge pick up for the Cubs playing almost half the year last yr. If healthy he has very solid defensive skills. To go along with above average ability in every aspect at the plate offering very good pop. This has the feel of a nice fit for the Cubs who are expecting a above league average season for this catcher. Infield Rizzo has been a journeyman in his short time as a pro. Expectations were high and he failed to fill them last season. Was the bar set to high ? I think so. Given he was bouncing around this will be his time to show the Cubs what he is about and if he fits there future plans long term. The ability is there. He is a below average fielder at best but makes up for it with a solid bat with very good pop. Barney was a very solid piece for the Cubs last year. The kid is great with the glove and has a good stick to match. He over produced last yr and the Cubs are hoping it is a sign of stability at the 2B spot for at least the next 3 season. Cardenas offers solid all around ability fielding and possesses good instincts anywhere in the infield. He was given the tough task of being put in a spot he isn't good at and it showed.He struggled last year and this is a temporary fix to what the Cubs hope is Lakes spot in the future. Anything over .275 will be playing with house money as far as the Cubs are concerned. Stewart came into the league showing something. Scouts were higher on him then most. But half way into his rookie year he hit a wall and had been stuck ever since. Coming over to the Cubs really did the trick where he hit 34 HR. But striking out 174 times really hurt what could of been a great year. This guy still shows potential ability if he can find some more focus at the dish. He might be a keep a eye on steal for fantasy baseball owners. Outfield Campana after a bad experiment in 2011 got a huge wake up in AAA. He turned in a great year last yr and has the look if consistent of a valuable member for years in Chicago. He has wheels to spare coupled with a fantastic glove and instinct in the field. He over reached with his bat most scouts think. But having a rebirth in AAA might of been the perfect recipe to get his head right. Jackson is the highlight of the team to Cub fans. He has been the most popular player in the organization for years and when finally getting the call he was so so. Hoping a full spring gets him going this year will revolve around him for chemistry amongst this young group. He is a above average talent who is just looking to find his stride and fill the expectations. Seath is a fill in and a real reach for the coaches. His bat is average at peak. But the coaches want to sure up the defense and get some speed into the lineup. He like Campana has some juice in those cleats and elite fielding ability. If he can approach 250 it will be a bonus. Starting Rotation 1.Samardzjia was a total surprise for the Cubs last year. Given a bottom end of the rotation spot he shined. Jumping this guy all the way to the ace role shows a lack of ability and the weak part of this ball club. Expect a very good year outta him but nothing approaching last years results. He will be facing the best in the business now. 2.Lohse was lights out last year for the Cardinals. He has very good control of his stuff and can easily sizzles again in this ballpark. Predictions should have his era low but his win total will take a hit. Good pick up by the Cubs here gonna be a wildcard. 3.Russel is a test this year. He has control and ability to keep the ball in a wind aided big park.This could turn out to be a positive for the Cubs. He doesnt have the ability to be a very good player but is in the perfect spot to be his best. 4.Volstad has been given at his young age another chance to revive his career. Also in a great spot to be at his best. He only posesses average at best ability but is being put in a good place by the coaches. 5.Mcgowan finished off a rotation built with a low budget with above pay scale production. The pieces are set in place and Mcgowan offers above average skills in almost every level. He should do weel late in the rotation. Bullpen Thornton is a solid closer and will be way better this yr. After a way below average effort last yr his ability screams that it wont continue. If they can get total balance out of there arms as a whole he will feed off that and get the job done. Wood has been a recent Cub legend and can do no wrong in there mind. Has devastating stuff and uses it well. Not much more to say about a top of the mill reliever/set up man. The rest of the arms are not stand outs and will be filling dead innings if the Cubs are having a very good or very bad year. If they are in any battle for a playoff race this will be there downfall and will only hurt them as a whole unit.