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5 Chicago Cubs Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

5 Chicago Cubs Who Belong on the 2014 NL All-Star Team

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If this was an organizational-wide list, the majority of the Chicago Cubs' All-Stars in 2014 might come from the minor league ranks. In a few years time, the Cubs could potentially boast a very impressive crop of All-Star caliber players. But until then, the 2014 Cubs have been playing better as of late. Despite their record, they have turned out some All-Star worthy performances. Here are the five potential All-Star representatives.

5. Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel
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5. Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel
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In his first year as a Cub, Jason Hammel has had a solid first half on the bump. Nine of his 14 starts have been quality starts, giving the Cubs a chance to win. Hammel has a winning record with an impressive ERA, strikeout total, and a 2.6 WAR. His success has also garnered potential trade talks to become a valuable piece for playoff contenders come the trade deadline. His efforts in 2014 have been All-Star worthy.

4. Travis Wood

Travis Wood
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4. Travis Wood

Travis Wood
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Overall, the Cubs starting rotation has been a bright spot in 2014. Travis Wood was Chicago's lone All-Star a season ago, and has put together another All-Star half again this year. Wood leads the team in wins while going out and competing every fifth day for the Cubs. He is a gamer on the mound, but his bat also deserves recognition as well. Wood has hit two home runs, and recently even won a game on an extra-inning pinch hit double.

3. Starlin Castro

Starlin Castro
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3. Starlin Castro

Starlin Castro
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What a difference a year makes for Starlin Castro. In 2013, Castro had many struggles at the plate. But in 2014, he has found his way back to having a better approach in the box. That approach has led to much better results for the young shortstop. He leads the team in hits and RBIs this year. Castro is a two-time All-Star and is certainly worthy again this year with his rebounding stats.

2. Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo
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2. Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo
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Speaking of having bounce back results with a better approach at the plate, the same can also be said for first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Chicago's team leader is having a strong first half as one of the centerpieces in the Cubs' lineup. Rizzo leads the team in home runs, his batting average is up, and his success against left-hand pitchers has been impressive. This should be the year Rizzo is named to his first of hopefully many All-Star teams.

1. Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija
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1. Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija
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Jeff Samardzija has pitched amazing this year. His command is better, his walks are down, and he has really put the team on his back every start. For a time, Samardzija was also the league leader in ERA. Unfortunately, the wins have just not been there to back up the solid play. Samardzija's stellar efforts should be a lock for his first All-Star squad. However, there is some uncertainty on if he will still be wearing a Cubs' uniform to the game.

Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.