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The Cubs have some of the best middle infielders in the MLB. Pressure will be on them to rebuild the team.
The Cubs’ season hasn’t had a lot of things to be excited about. The middle infield with Castro and Barney is one of the only bright spots.
From Barney’s record-setting defense to Castro being named to the All-Star game, the middle infield has been providing positive headlines for the Cubs for the majority of the season.
Barney draws criticism for his lack offensive output, especially with players like Dustin Pedroia, Robinson Cano and Brandon Phillips putting up strong numbers. However, second basemen aren’t typically big producers at the plate.
Barney is the prototypical second baseman. He has good hands, a contact bat and good range. He also has a great chemistry with Castro.
Castro and Barney have been a part of 86 double plays, good for eighth in the MLB for shortstops and sixth for second baseman.
There is a mutual goal for the Cubs middle infield—they want to be the best in the league, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
‘I want to be the best two up the middle in the league, the All-Star shortstop told his second baseman, be the best two guys on the double play, the best two guys on the relay, everything. Castro said, (Barney) was thinking the same.
Barney is the highest-rated second baseman in the MLB in defensive wins above replacement at 3.4.
Cano is 1.7. Pedroia is 1.5.
If defense wins championships, the Cubs are going to be in good shape with their young middle infielders. The success of the Cubs will fall squarely on the shoulders of the production up the middle.