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Spring Camp: Q&A with Matt Cerda

Matt Cerda

Matt Cerda was drafted on the eve of his 18th birthday from Oceanside High School in California with the Chicago Cubs' fourth-round pick. Announced as a shortstop when the Cubs called his name on the first day of the draft, Cerda quickly suited up behind the plate and caught a handful of games in the Arizona Rookie League.

Like most catching newcomers, Cerda's first professional taste of life behind the plate was not complete without its lumps. He was charged with seven passed balls and committed one error in 13 games at catcher. He threw out five of 21 opposing runners for a caught-stealing percentage of 23.8 percent. With the bat, Cerda hit .253 with two home runs and five doubles in 154 at-bats, recording 1...

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