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Cerda Back In His Comfort Zone

Matt Cerda (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)

After playing in just seven games in 2009, Matt Cerda is off to a fast start at Class-A Peoria. The Cubs' fourth-round pick in the 2008 draft from Oceanside (Calif.) High School was 7-for-19 with a .520 on-base percentage in the first six games of Midwest League play. In the field, Cerda has returned to his infield roots and that has him back in his comfort zone.

Cerda was drafted as a shortstop at age 17 but quickly moved to catcher after signing for $500,000 in the summer of 2008. He spent most of his professional debut season in the Arizona Rookie League and was ready to begin 2009 at short-season Class-A Boise before a hand injury caused him to miss most of the season. Rather than keep Cerda in extended spring training to start 2010, the Cubs...

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