In a season full of disappointments, Nate Schierholtz has been a nice surprise for the Chicago Cubs. Let’s be honest, when the Cubs signed Schierholtz in the offseason, none of us really expected a lot from him. He was a career fourth outfielder who has been decent in limited time. The Cubs signed Schierholtz to get the bulk of the starts in right field for them, and he has turned out to be a very solid addition.
Schierholtz has an impressive line of .296/.347/.558 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs. His defense in right field has been solid and he has a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of 1.6. It appears that President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer hit a home run with this signing. The 29-year-old Schierholtz now appears to be a solid part of the Cubs’ future or potentially a nice trade chip for the Cubs at the deadline.
With the success of Schierholtz and there not being an obvious candidate from the Cubs, I wonder if Schierholtz has a chance to make the MLB All Star Game this season. His statistics on paper may not warrant an All Star appearance, but every team has to have at least one representative on the All Star squad. With the Cubs stumbling to a current record of 31-43, there are not a ton of options on the team to be selected to play in New York City at the All-Star Game. Starlin Castro would have been the obvious selection, as he has been an All Star the past two seasons, but he has been awful so far this year with a line of .228/.264/.318. With those kind of numbers, there is no way that Castro will be selected to the All Star Game.
Other options include Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood, both of which would be solid options for the National League pitching staff. It is hard to know which player will represent the Cubs at the All Star Game, but the simple fact that we are even considering Schierholtz is pretty incredible. He has taken this opportunity and ran with it, hopefully he can turn this in to a nice long career.