Tyler Colvin, the 13th overall pick in the 2006 draft who debuted with Chicago Cubs over six games last season, got another hit in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners minutes after manager Lou Piniella said the 24-year-old had won a backup outfielder job.
Colvin, who got a chance this month with Xavier Nady rehabilitating, entered Sunday second in the Cactus League with a .475 batting average.
"If we can't take Colvin after the spring he's had, something's wrong," Piniella said. "My gosh, he should be rewarded."
Piniella was told Colvin is waiting until he is on the team plane to Atlanta for Opening Day next week before believing he has a job.
"Well, I'll help him get on the plane," Piniella said, chuckling.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.