The Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Arguably two of the most consistent hitters on the club. But after these two, who’s next?
Everyone knows that Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are the Chicago Cubs best two hitters and have been for a few years. However, who is the Cubs next best hitter is an issue for some debate. The leading candidates for the Cubs next best hitter have also changed quite a bit during that time.
Some veteran players have either taken a step back with age or moved on to another team. Several of the younger hitters have briefly been able to claim the title as they have experienced the non-linear development that the front office is always talking about. The import thing is as the Cubs next best hitter has changed, someone else has always been there to step up. This has resulted in a continuously improving and usually dangerous lineup.
So who might it be? There are several different factors that come into play, and all will play some fair share into the mix. Power? Hit for average? All will be critical factors for who is the “next best hitter” on the club.