Anthony Rizzo, First Base, Chicago Cubs, #44
Date of Birth: 8/8/1989
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Current Salary: $7,285,714
Anthony Rizzo, first baseman for the Chicago Cubs, was first drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2007. He spent his time with the Red Sox in the minor leagues and in December, 2010, they traded him to the San Diego Padres.
Rizzo made his first major league appearance with the Padres in 2011, playing in 49 games with them that season. In January, 2012, Rizzo was traded again, this time to the Chicago Cubs. He played in 87 games with the Cubs in 2012.
On May 12, 2013, the Cubs and Rizzo agreed to a 7-year, $41 million contract that includes a two year club option. In 2013, Rizzo batted .233 with 141 hits, 40 doubles, 23 home runs, and 80 RBIs in 160 games. He finished the 2014 season with 150 hits, 28 doubles, 32 home runs, 78 RBIs, and a .286 batting average in 140 games.
Rizzo had a good 2015 season, finishing with career highs in hits (163), doubles (38), stolen bases (17), and RBIs (101). He had a .278 batting average and 31 home runs in 160 games. As the Cubs' first baseman, he made 126 assists, 102 double plays, 1,330 putouts, and 9 errors in 160 games. In 32 at-bats in 9 postseason games, he batted .188 with 6 hits, including 2 home runs, and 2 RBIs.
Rizzo had his best season so far in 2016, playing in 155 games. He had career highs in hits (170), doubles (43), home runs (32), RBIs (109), and batting average (.292). Defensively, as the Cubs' first baseman in 154 games, he made 125 assists, 98 double plays, 1,268 putouts, and 6 errors. Those numbers along with a .996 fielding percentage earned him his first Gold Glove. In the postseason, he batted .277 with 18 hits, including 5 doubles and 3 home runs, and 10 RBIs in 65 at-bats in 17 games.
Rizzo won his first Silver Slugger award in 2016. He also won the Rawlings Platinum Glove as the best defensive player in the National League.
Career batting statistics for Rizzo through 2016 include:
- 751 games played
- 738 hits
- 172 doubles
- 134 home runs
- 425 RBIs
- 564 strikeouts to 349 walks
- .267 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Rizzo at first base through 2016 include:
- 743 games played
- 590 assists
- 522 double plays
- 6,070 putouts
- 35 errors
- .995 fielding percentage
In May, 2008, Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was successfully treated.