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Javier Baez | Shortstop

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Javier Baez (family) will report to extended spring training in Mesa, Arizona on Thursday.
Baez has been away from the Cubs' Triple-A team since the sudden death of his sister on April 9. He will get in some work at the Cubs' spring training complex and then report back to Triple-A Iowa. Apr 23 - 12:24 PM

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that Javier Baez is "getting close" to reporting to Triple-A Iowa.

Baez has yet to play this season because he's been on bereavement leave following the death of his younger sister. The young infielder is facing an uphill battle for playing time with the big club now following the promotion of Addison Russell.
Apr 22 - 9:05 AM

Javier Baez will take a leave of absence from Triple-A Iowa following the death of his sister.

Noely Baez passed away suddenly at age 21, and the Cubs' beat writers are saying the two were very close. Javier, 22, will be given all the time he needs.
Apr 9 - 3:46 PM

Cubs optioned INF Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa.

Baez batted just .173/.218/.231 with 20 strikeouts in 16 games this spring in the Cactus League, looking like the very same hitter who hit .169/.227/.324 with 95 strikeouts in 52 games last season as a rookie. Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara will see time at second base until the powerful but inconsistent Baez improves his plate discipline.
Mar 30 - 1:02 PM

Javier Baez went 1-for-2, raising his spring average to .150 in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Athletics.

Baez has had a slow start to the spring, striking out in exactly a quarter of his 20 at-bats. He has homered once but the Cubs were hoping to see more of his potential after he mostly failed to do so over 229 plate appearances last season, posting a meager .551 OPS.
Mar 14 - 6:02 PM

Javier Baez had a rough day at the dish in Friday's loss to the Reds, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Baez is now hitless in his first five at-bats in Cactus League play. The 22-year-old has immense talent and potential but struggled mightily in his time with the Cubs in 2014, slashing .169/.227/.324 with a 95/15 K/BB ratio in 213 at-bats. He's going to strike out plenty and is likely to hit for a poor average, but the power is legit and should lead to plenty of mixed league value.
Mar 6 - 10:26 PM

Javier Baez is 0-for-9 with six strikeouts so far in the Puerto Rican Winter League playoffs.

And he struck out 21 times in 43 at-bats during the regular season for Santurce. Baez has rare bat speed, but his whiff rate was eye-popping last season in the majors and the trend has continued in winter ball. He's a difficult player to project for the 2015 fantasy season.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 22 - 11:30 AM

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Saturday that Javier Baez "has to earn his playing time."

"He has to earn his playing time, I don’t think there’s any question," Hoyer said. "He’s got a new manager and some new coaches to impress." Baez slugged nine homers over 229 plate appearances in the majors last season, but he also hit just .169/.227/.324 overall and struck out a whopping 95 times. The upside is undeniable, but the 22-year-old has some adjustments to make and has worked this winter with new hitting coach John Mallee on tweaking his swing. Baez is the odds-on favorite to start at second base on Opening Day, but his name isn't etched into stone. Tommy La Stella represents an alternative at the position.
Jan 18 - 9:43 AM

Javier Baez will begin playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League on December 11.

After hitting a paltry .169/.227/.324 in his major league debut, the Cubs obviously want Baez to get some more at-bats in before he reports to spring training. The 22-year-old is currently projected to be the Cubs' starting second baseman next year.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Javier Baez is projected to be the Cubs' starting second baseman next season.

While Baez slugged nine home runs in 52 games during his first taste of the majors, he hit just .169 with a disturbing 95 strikeouts in 213 at-bats. Still, the Cubs love his long-term potential and believe that he'll be able to make adjustments to find success. While he's penciled in at second base for now, the dynamic could change if the Cubs end up trading Starlin Castro.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 01:16:00 PM

Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles, a stolen base, and two runs scored as the Cubs defeated the Brewers on Friday.

Baez had been in a slump, notching just one hit in his previous 25 at-bats entering the game. He ended up accounting for four of the Cubs' six runs, proving crucial in their two-run victory. Baez's numbers aren't so great in his first 220 major league plate appearances, as he's batting .172/.232/.333 with nine home runs, 20 RBI, and five stolen bases.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 11:48:00 PM

Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Pirates on Sunday.

Baez also walked in the game. He generated a run with his legs in the third inning, beating out an infield single before stealing second. The throw allowed him to go to third, and Baez scored on a sacrifice fly. He's noted for his prodigious power, but Baez now has four steals in four attempts.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 04:46:00 PM

Javier Baez launched a solo homer Friday against the Pirates.

It was his eighth home run and his first since August 23. We know Baez has the power potential, but the 21-year-old is hitting just .173 through 37 games in the majors and has struck out 67 times in 150 at-bats. If there's any positive to take away, he has walked six times this month after drawing just four free during his first month in the big leagues. However, he still has plenty of work to do.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 12:03:00 AM

Javier Baez finished 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base, but the Cubs were handed a loss by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Baez had been slumping, posting a .300 OPS in 10 games dating back to August 30. He scored both of the Cubs' runs on the evening: on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and on Welington Castillo's single in the fifth. The 21-year-old rookie has seven home runs, 15 RBI, three stolen bases, and a .175/.229/.364 slash line in his first 153 plate appearances in the major leagues.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 11:39:00 PM

Javier Baez went hitless in a third straight game Monday and is in a 2-for-33 slump.

At least he only struck out once tonight. That Baez is facing a learning curve is hardly a surprise. He's a massive talent, but he's always chased too many pitchers and now he's facing pitchers more capable of throwing tempting breaking balls that dive out of the zone. His average is down to .164 now, and he's fanned 62 times in 140 at-bats.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 09:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
2Junior Lake
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Phil Coke
7Edwin Jackson
8Gonzalez Germen
9Zac Rosscup