Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Chris Taylor is an All-Star. There’s just no way around it unless he endures one of the worst slumps you’ve ever seen over the next few weeks.
He’s been good for a 1.8 WAR thus far, picking up the slack for other struggling hitters such as Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts. Those two were supposed to be the focal point of the Dodgers’ offense.
Instead, it’s Taylor leading the way in runs, RBI and batting average. His OPS is only behind Max Muncy’s.
He’s been a reliable defender all across the diamond while filling in for injured sluggers like Betts, Bellinger, Corey Seager and AJ Pollock.
In fact, he’s played six different positions in 2021: all three outfield spots, second base, shortstop and third base. His overall DRS of -2 doesn’t exactly give him Gold Glove honors, but he’s holding down the fort each and every night when he’s asked to undertake a new assignment, and his bat hasn’t suffered in the slightest.