Is Anthony Rizzo the Chicago Cubs Next All-Star First Baseman?
Could Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo be an All-Star this year? First lets take a look at who was an All-Star at first base last year. Prince Fielder and Paul Konerko were the AL All-Stars, while Joey Votto and Brian LaHair were the NL All-Stars. For those of you paying attention, Brian LaHair was the Cubs first baseman last year, but this year he was designated for assignment. Only the Cubs would get rid of their All-Stars.
Anthony Rizzo needs to play at a Gold Glove level on the defensive side of the ball. So far he has shown the potential to do this. Last year Rizzo had a fielding percentage of .995. This would have been good enough to tie him for the 4th best fielding percentage in all of baseball and tie him with Carlos Lee, Adam LaRoche, and Paul Goldschmidt for the best in the National League. I don’t have any issues with Rizzo’s glove skills. I think he can dominate the Gold Glove awards at first for the next decade.
Will Rizzo be able to put up All-Star numbers with the bat? Rizzo will need to bat .300 or better with at least 30 home runs to make the All-Star team in 2013. Rizzo averaged .303 in the minors, but so far he has been unable to translate that into big league success. In 2012 Rizzo hit 15 home runs while playing in only 87 games. If Anthony Rizzo can continue his defensive dominance from the 2012 season while increasing his batting average and delivering the power he is capable of, I think he has a good chance to travel to New York for the 2013 All-Star game.
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