Three Cubs on ESPN's Way-too-early All-Star team
|Thursday, February 7, 2019, 9:35 AM- -|
Spring training hasn't even started and ESPN is projecting players on their way-too-early All-Star team for the 2019 season.
"Baez will start out at shortstop while Addison Russell serves a 40-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy but could move back to second once Russell returns," ESPN.com said. "We'll slot Baez at shortstop and make him an All-Star, although it will be interesting to see if he can repeat the .290/.326/.554 line that helped place him second in the MVP voting. He's a unique player: It's basically impossible to put up that line with 167 strikeouts and just 29 walks, but Baez makes it work with amazing bat speed. Imagine what he could do with a little better discipline, considering he hit .189 on pitches outside the zone (and swung 44 percent of the time on pitches out of the zone)."
Baez hit a career-best .290 with 34 homers, .881 OPS, and 111 RBIs in his MVP runner-up season in 2018.
For his career, he is a .267 hitter with 81 homers and 269 RBIs.