The Chicago Cubs had a number of talented youngsters on the club this year, so it’s no surprise that, when Baseball America comes out with an All-Rookie Team for 2015, the thing is lousy with Cubs.
Kyle Schwarber gets the nod behind the plate, though you could argue he was more of an outfielder this year with the Cubs. That outfield group went to Randal Grichuk, Joc Pederson and Odubel Herrera, which may have been tough for Schwarber to crack, given his short season. So, catcher it is, and that’s just fine with me. As Theo Epstein said, Schwarber will continue to develop at catcher in the offseason and heading into next season, so his future as an outfielder is far from certain.
In a similar positional tap dance, Addison Russell is the second baseman on the All-Rookie Team. Indeed, Russell was fantastic at second base this year, and he did spend more time there than at any other position, but he was arguably even better at shortstop. The problem there, of course, is a freaking stud named Carlos Correa, so Russell wasn’t going to be the shortstop on this team no matter what. Except even Correa didn’t get the job at short, because of Francisco Lindor’s breakout! That’s how loaded shortstop was this year with rookies. Had Corey Seager gotten in more than 27 games (during which he posted a 175 wRC+), maybe he would have been in the mix, too.
At third base, there was never a question, Kris Bryant is the man.
Check out the article for BA’s full group of rookies, which includes those three Cubs – no team except the Astros (2) had more than a single player on the list.