The Cubs were ready to release him at the end of spring training 2019. They thought they had better talent ahead of him in the outfield. But they offered him a chance to stick around if he'd immediately switch and become a pitcher.
These type of stories are always fun to look at. Kid movie stars all grown up. The most stunning is Ralphie from "A Christmas Story" (Peter Billingsley), or Anthony Michael Hall from the Brat Pack movies of the 80's. They look nothing like their young selves.
I don't care if it is the Cubs, it's still a dream job. Imagine this being your place of work. (And you work about 81 days a year.) And since neither of us will be major league shortstops, (seriously, there was only one Jeter.), this may be the key to The Show.