Chicago Cubs: Ben Zobrist, 2016-Present
Nicknamed “Mr. Clutch” there isn’t enough good you can say about Ben Zobrist and what he has done for the Cubs. Following his World Series-winning campaign with the Kansas City Royals, Theo Epstein brought the man known as ‘Zo’ in on a four-year, $56 million contract.
Zobrist has become one of the most consistent members on the roster. In 439 career games with Chicago, Zobrist has slashed .270/.363/.413 with a .338 wOBA and 109 wRC+. The guy has been part of the heart and soul of this team since 2016.
Speaking of his 2016 campaign, and that unforgettable year in general, Zobrist etched his name in the history books with his insane World Series performance which would garner him the MVP of the series. If you want to talk about clutch, look no further than the seven-game stretch that fall.
Zobrist saw 31 total plate appearances, slashing .357/.419/.500 with a .919 OPS. While he did drive in just two runs over that span, there was none more prominent than his opposite-field double past the outstretched glove of Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez. In the top of the tenth after a 17-minute rain delay in a tie game, Zobrist came up. That knock, driving in Albert Almora, would help to seal the Cubs’ first world championship since 1908.