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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 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. Jan 22 - 11:30 AM
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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.
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

Javier Baez clubbed his seventh home run in the Cubs' 7-2 defeat of the Orioles on Saturday.

It was a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh inning that put the Cubs up by four. Baez struck out in his other three plate appearances and now has 34 strikeouts over his first 19 major league games, but the 21-year-old can hit baseballs a long way when he gets ahold of them.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 08:48:00 PM

Javier Baez belted a solo homer in Friday's win over the Orioles.

Kevin Gausman had made Baez look pretty silly earlier in the at-bat in the fifth inning, but he hung a 3-2 slider and the young infielder launched it over the bleachers in left field and onto Waveland Avenue. We've seen the good and the bad so far with Baez, as he has an ugly 31/4 K/BB ratio but is also one of just 10 active players with six home runs in his first 18 games.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Javier Baez will play shortstop for the Cubs while Starlin Castro is on the bereavement list.

Castro lost a cousin and three close friends to a car crash Wednesday in the Dominican Republic and could be gone for an entire week. This is a good opportunity for Baez, who has been playing primarily at second base since his promotion to the majors on August 5.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 02:49:00 PM

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer Monday in the Cubs' win over the Mets.

Baez also struck out twice, and has now fanned 24 times in 60 at-bats since his promotion to the major leagues. On the other hand, he is one of only two second basemen in the last 100 years to record five homers in his first 14 big league games. Jason Kipnis was the other.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 03:18:00 PM

Javier Baez struck out all four times he was up against the Brewers on Thursday.

At least he had plenty of company, as the Cubs fanned 16 times in all. It's Baez's second four-strikeout contest in 10 games as a major leaguer. That's as many as Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Thomas and Willie McCovey had in their entire careers.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 05:55:00 PM

Javier Baez went 2-for-4 and hit his fourth homer Wednesday versus the Brewers.

Four homers, two doubles and five singles in 41 at-bats for Baez. He has his weaknesses -- the altered wind patterns in Chicago are driving meteorologists nuts -- but the Cubs have to be pretty pleased with his play so far.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:57:00 PM