Chicago Cubs: Building an all-decade starting lineup
Chicago Cubs: El Mago, KB lead the charge on the left side
Shortstop: Javier Baez
El Mago himself became a superstar with his tremendous fielding ability and his quick tag reactions. Javier Baez joined an elite group as he made his way to the big leagues in 2014. This multi-position athlete has won in his young career, a share of the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, and a Silver Slugger award in 2018. Oh, not to mention a World Series ring.
Third Base: Kris Bryant
The other half of the home run duo Bryzzo, Kris Bryant has become a household name across all Cub fans. This three-time All-Star became one of the few Cubs to win an MVP award joining eight other legends in the organization like Sammy Sosa, Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg and Andre Dawson. Injuries have marred his performance a bit of late, but he showed signs of being right back on track in 2019.
Outfielders: Dexter Fowler, Alfonso Soriano, Kyle Schwarber
The catcher-turned-outfielder Kyle Schwarber became a staple in the Cubs outfield due to his prodigious power. During his five years with the Cubs, he has smashed 110 home runs – including a career-high 38 last season, the most by a Chicago left-handed hitter since Billy Williams. Schwarber has the potential to be something great and we have seen that with him as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
Alfonso Soriano played seven years with the Cubs, appearing in 889 games. Although he never replicated his 40-40-40 performance from his days in Washington, he maintained his presence as an above-average talent, especially at the dish. He only hit below .250 once in his time on the North Side.
Dexter Fowler only played for the team for two years (2015-2016), but in that time he was a regular in the outfield that helped them win that long-coveted championship.
Using his speed, he stole 33 bases and set the table for the team’s big bats those two years. Fowler is not only known for being a great teammate on and off the field but he is well known in Cubs fans’ eyes for hitting a leadoff home run in Game 7 in the World Series against the Indians.
Honorable Mention: Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Carlos Marmol, Hector Rondon, Addison Russell, Starlin Castro, Jason Heyward, Derek Lee, Geovany Soto, Welington Castillo