What does the ideal infield look like for Chicago Cubs in 2013?
The Chicago Cubs have been looking for their ideal infield for a while now. Since the departure of Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee, the Cubs have been lacking in power and consistency from their corner infielders. The Cubs have fixed their issue at 1st with the emergence of Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo hits for power and will give the Cubs a familiar face at 1st for years to come. Cubs fans can look for a number of Gold Glove Awards for Rizzo.
Speaking of Gold Glove Awards, Cubs 2nd baseman Darwin Barney won the Gold Glove last year and in 2013 he looks to add some more hardware to his trophy case. While he doesn’t hit for power, Barney is consistent and can hit for average while playing solid defense. Barney also has a high baseball IQ making him solid on the bases and at the plate in key situations.
Starlin Castro has been ranked as one of the top five shortstops in the game. While Castro has been plagued by errors in the past, he continues to work on his defense. His athletic ability and offensive skills make up for any defensive miscues. Castro should be the anchor of the Cubs’ defense for the next decade.
The Cubs main issue will be 3rd. They could call up Javier Baez and move him to 3rd. He is young and with the right coaching and some experience, he could be a perennial All-Star. If the Cubs decide to bring up Baez and work him into the starting lineup, they could have a young and athletic infield that will be the same for the next ten years. It would be nice for Cubs fans to see the same faces on the infield year after year.
By Reid Lester