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Matt Szczur | Outfielder | #20

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/20/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Villanova
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 5 (0) / CHC
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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Matt Szczur is among the trade candidates the Braves are considering as they look for an extra outfielder.
Szczur is out of options this spring, so Rosenthal notes that the Cubs are expected to keep him rather than lose him on waivers, but the Braves might be able to make an attractive offer. The 27-year-old hits from the right side of the plate and has experience at all three outfield positions. Mar 21 - 2:33 PM

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Matt Szczur went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Monday’s 9-6 win over the Rockies in Cactus League action.

Szczur had a pair of singles (one of them of the bunt variety) before going deep in the Cubs’ sixth-run eighth inning. The 27-year-old did a respectable job off the Cubs’ bench last season, batting .259/.312/.400 with five homers and 24 RBI over 107 games while seeing time at all three outfield spots. Monday’s performance helps his case for a spot on the Opening Day roster. It’s worth noting that the Cape May native is out of options this spring.
Mar 20 - 8:08 PM

Matt Szczur finished 2-for-2 with an RBI single in the Cubs' 1-1 tie with the Indians on Sunday.

The fourth-inning RBI single provided the only run of the game for the Cubs. Szczur also singled in the third. He's trying to win a spot as a backup outfielder this spring, but it's going to be a tall hill to climb for the 27-year-old former top prospect.
Feb 26 - 5:56 PM

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune hears that the Brewers were close to trading for Matt Szczur at the deadline before talks dissolved.

The late-season emergence of Keon Broxton and impending arrival of Lewis Brinson could remove the Brewers from the equation when it comes to Szczur. However, the Cubs have a surplus of outfielders and could revisit trading the 27-year-old. Szczur is a career .245/.297/.376 hitter over 346 plate appearances and is under team control through 2021.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 09:37:00 AM

Matt Szczur singled and smacked a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Pirates.

It didn't take the Cubs long to get to Francisco Liriano, as Szczur followed a Dexter Fowler infield single with a blast to left-center. Szczur has been quite the role player this season for the Cubbies, sporting a .333/.375/.533 with three longballs.
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 05:41:00 PM

Cubs activated OF Matt Szczur from the 15-day disabled list.

He missed a little over two weeks with a strained hamstring. It's good timing with Jason Heyward nursing a rib injury. Szczur is available for Saturday's game against the Giants but isn't in the starting lineup.
Sat, May 21, 2016 06:37:00 PM

Matt Szczur (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee on Thursday.

Szczur was placed on the disabled list at the beginning of May with a right hamstring strain. Prior to the injury, he was slashing a robust .367/.441/.600 with two homers and 10 RBI across 21 contests (30 at-bats). Should his rehab assignment progress according to plan, he could rejoin the Cubs next week.
Wed, May 18, 2016 04:56:00 PM

Cubs placed OF Matt Szczur on the 15-day disabled list with a mild right hamstring strain.

It's too bad, as Szczur was off to a nice start this season, batting .367/.441/.600 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 21 games. Ryan Kalish will take his place on the active roster.
Tue, May 3, 2016 03:41:00 PM

Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday.

Szczur was forced to exit Monday's game with a tight hamstring. He's hopeful it's not serious, but a stint on the disabled list could be in his future.
Mon, May 2, 2016 11:11:00 PM

Matt Szczur left Monday's game against the Pirates with a tight hamstring.

Szczur went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored before exiting the game. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day.
Mon, May 2, 2016 09:29:00 PM

Matt Szczur made his lone plate appearance Friday count, smacking a grand slam in a victory over the Braves.

The Cubs had taken a lead on an Anthony Rizzo RBI single just before Szczur, who blew things open with a drive into the Wrigley Field bleachers in left field. Szczur has been a quality extra for the Cubbies this month, hitting .333/.400/.593 across 27 at-bats.
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 05:55:00 PM

Matt Szczur went 3-for-3 in the Cubs' 9-5 Cactus League defeat of the A's on Tuesday.

Szczur doubled in his first at-bat, hit a bunt single in his second at-bat, and then cranked a two-run homer in this third at-bat. He was informed Tuesday morning that he is going to be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster, though playing time will be difficult to come by in that loaded Chicago outfield.
Tue, Mar 29, 2016 07:39:00 PM

Matt Szczur (oblique) is expected to return to Cactus League play on Tuesday.

He appeared in a minor league game this weekend after missing the last few weeks with an oblique strain. Even if Szczur makes the Opening Day roster, it's going to be hard for him to find at-bats this year.
Sat, Mar 19, 2016 05:53:00 PM

Matt Szczur is dealing with a slight oblique strain.

The hope is that he'll be able to return to action next week. Szczur, 26, batted .222/.278/.333 over 80 plate appearances with the Cubs last season and could surface on the team's bench at some point in 2016.
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Cubs recalled OF Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa.

The outfielder will be with the team while David Ross is away for a family emergency. Szczur owns a .217/.250/.333 line over 60 at-bats with the big club this season.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 07:07:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3Ali Solis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
3Tommy La Stella
4Jemile Weeks
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
2Matt Szczur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Mike Montgomery
6Carl Edwards Jr.
7Justin Grimm
8Brian Duensing
9Caleb Smith
10Manny Parra
11Andury Acevedo
12Daniel Moskos
13Gerardo Concepcion