DeJesus tops Coleman to win bunt tourney

March, 16, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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MESA, Ariz. -- Whether or not the Chicago Cubs found the best sacrifice bunter in the organization remains to be seen, but they at least found one who can deliver with teammates breathing down his neck.

David DeJesus won the team’s 64-person bunt tournament on Friday, overcoming pitchers’ bracket winner Casey Coleman.

Teammates, many of whom sounded as if they had some side action on the proceedings, were on hand to watch and heckle while being fed a catered meal from a local restaurant.

DeJesus won the position players’ bracket with a victory over minor-league catcher Welington Castillo. Coleman got to the finals with a victory over Paul Maholm.

The tournament, which is the brainchild of new manager Dale Sveum, was done NCAA tournament style with the purpose of not only stressing a fundamental task but also developing camaraderie among teammates.

Scores were tallied by placing bunts into squares down the first- and third-base line. Each square contained a point value. Matches among every player invited to big-league camp were conducted over a three-week stretch.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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