MLB State of the Position 2024: Every Team’s 5-Year Plan at Third Base


Unless they make a late move to sign free agent Matt Chapman, it looks like the Cubs will roll into 2024 with some combination of Nick Madrigal, Patrick Wisdom and Christopher Morel manning third base. Michael Busch has also seen time at the hot corner, though he is expected to be used at first base. Madrigal has yet to prove he can make enough of an impact offensively to be an everyday player, especially at an offensive-minded position.
Shaw hit .341/.445/.697 with 20 doubles, 24 home runs and 69 RBI in 62 games during his junior season at the University of Maryland to win Big Ten Player of the Year honors. The Cubs selected him with the No. 13 overall and put him on the fast track, as he closed out his pro debut at the Double-A level. Don’t be surprised if he is one of the first players from the 2023 draft class to reach the majors, and while he played shortstop in college, third base is his future home for the North Siders.


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