By Jacob Kornhauser on April 9, 2014
The Cubs' current major league team isn't exactly full of talent, but they do have a few players who are capable of turning in All-Star performances in the season's first half. Some of their better up-and-coming hitters and pitchers have a chance to be playing in this year's Midsummer Classic.
Wood was actually the Cubs' only All-Star last season as he had a breakout year. He showed that he has the stuff to be a perennial All-Star and if he can continue to dominate opposing lineups, 2014 will be the first step toward reaching that potential.
Schierholtz had the best season of his career last year with the Cubs, and he could be an All-Star this year if he builds on that performance. It's likely he will be traded at the deadline this summer, so an All-Star appearance would surely bolster the potential return the Cubs could get for him.
Samardzija has shown that he has the stuff to be an All-Star, striking out over 200 batters last season. But when he lets batters hit the ball, they tend to "hit it where they ain't". If Samardzija can generate more outs this season, he's a good bet to be on the NL's All-Star roster this year.
As a left-handed power hitter in Wrigley Field, Rizzo is more than capable of hitting 30 home runs and driving in 100 runs every season. If he's on track for those kind of numbers, he could be an All-Star this season. If he raises his average while building upon his power, he could get used to playing in an extra game every July.
After a disappointing 2013, Castro is looking to have a bounce-back year and he's already well on his way to that. He hit two home runs against the Pirates and is showing he may be growing into his power well. Already a two-time All-Star before his 25th birthday, it's very possible that Castro could get back on track and get his third All-Star nod this season.
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