3 Cubs players who are proving their ST stats were a fluke, and 2 who were legit

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Legit: OF Mike Tauchman

Ok, let's just say that Mike Tauchman has been legit so far. Let's not forget that he is a 32-year-old journeyman who has had one good year at the major league level in the past (2019). That being said, the Chicagoland native is taking his opportunity and making a case for regular playing time. In fact, his production has even pushed Cody Bellinger over to first base for the time being as Tauchman has proven to be more than capable of manning center field.

But where the real value is coming from is Tauchman's bat, as his slash line is .289/.411/.389. Even though he's not hitting for power, Tauchman is getting on base, taking his walks, and collecting hits. Signs of his value were teased in Spring Training, where Tauchman led the team in stolen bases (6), ranked fourth in walks (8), second in runs scored (9), and first in doubles (4).

The Cubs are likely going to ride Tauchman's success for however long it lasts. But I get the feeling that he will go the way of Frank Schwindel at some point due to his age and inability to hit for power. There are also two better center fielders in the system right now in Cody Bellinger and Pete Crow-Armstrong. But Tauchman is a hometown guy (native of Palatine) so his story is a fun one at least.