The best MLB player at each position in 2018

The best MLB player at each position in 2018

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The best MLB player at each position in 2018

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Oct 2, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez hits a RBI double against the Colorado Rockies in the 8th inning in the 2018 National League wild card playoff baseball game at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports

Second Base: Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs

2018 fWAR: 5.3

Javier Baez makes his living at a number of spots on the diamond. The strides he took on offense this past year, though, led to him playing in a career-high 160 games while accumulating 645 plate appearances. He finished with a 131 wRC+, the first time it’s crested over 100 since he debuted in 2014.

Baez also did a little bit of everything — he joined the 20-20 club with 34 homers and 21 steals, along with scoring 101 runs and collecting 111 RBI. What didn’t change was his aggressiveness — his 45.5% chase rate ranked second-highest in baseball. That was at least paired with a 78.0% swing rate on strikes, which was a single-season career high.

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