The heart of the order is going to look different for the Chicago Cubs this year.
4. Ian Happ – LF
The Chicago Cubs saw Ian Happ have a big year in 2022. He was so good that he was named to be a National League All-Star. He showed that he can be an impact player in this league for an entire year which was awesome to watch unfold. There were some questions about him coming in.
Well, he might be able to do even more damage this year with some more protection in the lineup and better players hitting ahead of him. The Cubs decided against trading him last year when it seemed like a lock that they were going to so we will see how the rest of his tenure goes.
5. Cody Bellinger – CF
Cody Bellinger is for sure going to provide some good defense for the Chicago Cubs at a very important position. However, the question remains as to how good his bat will be.
This is a player that used to be a top-five hitter in the league but it all came crashing down for him. The Cubs believe that he can get going again and he has this year to prove it. If he struggles hard, he will be moved down the lineup but the fifth spot is a great place to start.
6. Christopher Morel – 3B
In 2022, Christopher Morel was one of the most exciting players on the Chicago Cubs. He brought fans out of their seats more than once and is hoping to do more of that in 2023. The team is a bit deeper this time around so the six-spot is a great place for him to start.