Cubs News: Giving key players their 2020 letter grades

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Chicago Cubs: With the season officially over, the players can be evaluated individually on their performances.

When Jason Kipnis struck out to end game two of the Wild Card round, the offseason officially began for the Chicago Cubs. The NL Central champs were swept swiftly by the Miami Marlins as they scored a total of one run in the series. The Cubs have not won a postseason game series since 2017.

Looking at all the individual performances from key Cubs players, it is still honestly amazing they won the division. The 13-3 start certainly helped, as did a favorable schedule. Safe to say, despite the division title, the team saw a lot of disappointing performances from the top dogs. One cannot help but wonder where this team would have finished in a regular 162-game season.

Without further ado, here is a report card for key Cubs players in 2020. Note the players included are regular contributors and not role players who came in late like Billy Hamilton or Cameron Maybin. Who knows what the team will look like in the future. It is possible a number of these guys will not be back next season. It would be a shame to see sour endings for some of these guys, but at the end of the day, the team has to make necessary changes.