Chicago Cubs: with a name like Trent Giambrone, what could go wrong?

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 25: Trent Giambrone #85 of the Chicago Cubs hits a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB spring training game at Camelback Ranch on February 25, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 25: Trent Giambrone #85 of the Chicago Cubs hits a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the MLB spring training game at Camelback Ranch on February 25, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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His name alone won’t get him in the Chicago Cubs lineup, therefore, Trent Giambrone has been putting on a hitting display this spring.

Making a regular-season roster after entering spring training as a non-roster invitee is not an easy task to accomplish. Chicago Cubs utility man Trent Giambrone is trying to do this and is off to a hot start so far with the bat.

Aside from having a great name for a stick-ball game in the streets of Chicago, Giambrone has brought the lumber to Peoria and the Cactus League. Through twenty at-bats T-Brone leads all hitters in spring training in runs batted in with twelve.

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His nine hits so far give him a batting average of .450, the highest mark of anyone with at least twenty plate appearances this spring.

A second baseman by trade Giambrone has played at least two hundred minor league innings at all four infield positions. He has also lined up in the outfield proving his versatility is as much of a strength as his spring hitting.

I’m sad to say the hot-hitting won’t sustain itself and once the lesser arms are jettisoned to the minors and Giambrone gets more at-bats against major-league quality pitching his days in big league camp will be numbered as well. He has made eleven outs against his nine hits, but of the eleven outs, nine are via the strikeout.

Hard enough for Giambrone to make the team going against reserves David Bote and Daniel Descalso, but fellow non-roster invitee Jason Kipnis has a proven major league track record going for him. Through four years in the minors, Giambrone has only spent one at AAA, where he batted .241 with 23 home runs last season.

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Chicago Cubs player Trent Giambrone will be ticketed for AAA again this year though he sure has made the most of his time in big league camp. Here’s hoping we see this Jamey Carroll-type player running around the grassy infield at Wrigley one day.