Cubs outfield prospect Tyler Colvin has hit .468 this spring with a .468 on-base percentage in 77 at-bats this spring, a truly impressive feat for the 24-year old who last year was recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Colvin hit .300 in Double-A last season with 14 home runs in 307 at-bats before being called up to the big league club. It was his second full year in Double-A and he improved mightily from 2008. Despite never appearing in Triple-A, the strides he made over the offseason give him a real chance to produce at the big league level.
Colvin will likely take at-bats away from Kosuke Fukudome, but he can always fill in for Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd until Xavier Nady is fully healthy off the bench as well.
Fukudome is only a .258 career hitter in two professional seasons with 21 home runs and a .367 on-base percentage. MASNsports.com reports that the Nationals made contact with the Cubs about Fukudome, but nothing is serious just yet.
If Colvin can prove he is ready to take over full time, it is possible the club would look to move Fukudome and play the cheaper Colvin in right.