29 Oct The Chicago Cubs 2018 Centerfield Options
By: Chris Northrop
I read an article by Sean Sears of sportsmockery.com from Oct. 24th which speculates that the Cubs are interested in acquiring Andrew Benintendi from the Red Sox and might be willing to trade major talent, such as Baez, Russell and Almora Jr. to get it done.
Benintendi was one of nine players (and the only rookie) to reach the 20-mark in homers and steals in 2017. Among Red Sox players, he ranked second in steals and RBIs, and third in runs scored. Benintendi earned AL Rookie of the Month honors in August after hitting .333 with six homers and nine steals across 119 plate appearances. He finished with a .271/.352/.475 slash line, along with 20 homers, 90 RBIs, 84 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases. Benintendi played 30 games in center field with a 1.000 Fielding Percentage, no assists, no errors.
The Cubs platoon of center fielders included Jon Jay, Albert Almora, Jr. and Ian Happ. These players combined to make center field a productive, but not necessarily a power position. Almora, Jr. (.298 BA) and John Jay (.296 BA) hit for average and combined for 10 home runs on the season out of the centerfield spot. Ian Happ hit a bit lower than average at .253, but smacked 24 home runs on the season. Without doubt, the centerfielders made valuable contributions to teams success both on offense and on defense; however, Benintendi would provide stability in centerfield, hitting for both average and power and he’s also a solid defender.