Chicago Cubs’ Top-100 Prospect All-Star roster
By Logan Whaley
First Base – Anthony Rizzo
The Chicago Cubs acquired Rizzo in 2012 and consequently he appeared as the No.47 prospect on the top-100 for the Cubs that same year. Rizzo has been an absolute monster since making the jump to the major leagues.
From 2014 to 2017, Rizzo has been worth 20.2 Wins Above Replacement, while hitting .282 over that time span with four straight 30+ home run seasons. Rizzo has undoubtedly been the catalyst for the Chicago Cubs and a must-start for the all-time roster.
Second Base – D.J. LeMahieu
Cubs’ fans will forever lament on who DJ LeMahieu could have been for them. The Cubs selected LeMahieu with their second-round pick, No.79 overall, in the 2009 draft. Two short years later the team shipped him off to the Colorado Rockies. The trade brought back former blue-chip prospect Ian Stewart in return. The Cubs did not win that deal.
To examine what LeMahieu has done over the course of his career thus far, he has been worth 9.7 Wins Above Replacement including a career-high 4.3 WAR in 2016. LeMahieu also has a career .302/.356/.402 slash line at the major league level, and two Gold Gloves to boot.
On the positive side, if the Cubs had not shipped LeMahieu to Colorado fans may never have been introduced to the flashy leather of Javier Baez, but Baéz is going to be discussed shortly. Needless to say, LeMahieu has been very very good at the major league level.