The 2019 Chicago Cubs season will be
remembered as the end of the Joe Maddon era in Chicago, as the manager who led
the team to their first World Series title in 108 years was fired.
The firing came as a result of three years of ‘under-achieving’ since reaching the pinnacle of the sport. In those three years the Cubs have finished 92-70, 95-68 and 84-78, making the playoffs twice but losing in the Championship Series and Wild Card round.
Nevertheless, in that time they have still retained many players from their championship winning squad – some of the best players in the Majors. Most of those players will still be around come the release of MLB The Show 20, including cover star Javier Baez.
So, how will the Cubs’ players be rated
come release day on March 17th?
Javier Baez, SS
COVER: Baez' rise to fame has been immense, and is becoming the face of MLB
launch ratings: 89
Where better to start than the cover star
of MLB The Show 20? Not only did Baez continue his climb to be considered among
the best fielders in the Majors, he ended the year as the highest rated Cub.
All of that, plus his being on the cover, means he should be one of the highest
rated players in the game.
The SS ended the regular season rated at 93
in The Show 19. With another offseason of work and the boost of being the cover
athlete should see him jump a little higher in every facet. His 86 fielding
should also see a nice bump.
Kris Bryant, 3B
HOT CORNER: Bryant is entrenched among the best 3B in the Majors
launch ratings: 92
Since winning Rookie of the Year in 2015, and following it with MVP in 2016, Bryant had failed to win any awards or return to the All-Star game. Despite the Cubs not having a great season, Bryant found himself back in the All-Star game as he had a great season.
He hit 35 doubles and 34 homers, driving in
77 runs and scoring 108 runs himself, while hitting .282. It wasn’t his best
season, when compared to 2015 and 2016, but it was a step back in the right
direction and has him set up well for 2020.
Willson Contreras, C
RISING STAR: Contreras keeps on getting better for the Cubs
launch ratings: 83
Contreras was one of the Cubs' biggest risers this season. Coming off an All-Star season in 2018, he was still rated among the pack at catcher. However, his improved play through 2019 saw him rise to be among the best catchers in the Majors by season’s end.
Going into his fourth full season in the
Majors, Contreras does have room to improve but at just 26 is absolutely in the
mix to make more big strides through the season. To start the year, though, an
87 overall rating reflects his growth through 2019 but acknowledges some of his
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
PROPS: Rizzo doesn't always get the attention he deserves
launch ratings: 85
Rizzo has managed to stay relatively under the radar as he has put together very good season upon very good season. 2019 was no different as his strong season at the plate and in the field went fairly unnoticed thanks to the Cubs' shortcomings.
At the plate he had his best year in terms of batting average, hitting .293, and hit 29 doubles, 27 homers to drive in 94 runs. In the field he added his third Gold Glove in four years and second in as many years. That should be enough to give him a little boosts across the board.
Kyle Hendricks, SP
ACE: Hendricks need to step into the ace role for the Cubs
launch ratings: 86
Much like the Cubs, Hendricks was
unspectacular in 2019, playing at a very similar level as he did the year
Hendricks posted a 3.46 ERA and struck out
150 batters with an 11-10 record in 30 starts. He was a good starter and
figures to stay at a pretty similar level going into MLB The Show 20.
are the rest of our Chicago Cubs MLB The Show 20 ratings predictions:
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