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Javier Baez | Second Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (21) / 12/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Aug 18 - 3:18 PM

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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.
Aug 14 - 5:55 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.
Aug 13 - 11:57 PM

Javier Baez went 2-for-6 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

Baez drove in an RBI with a single in the fifth inning. Through his first six games in the majors, the shortstop is hitting .276/.276/.621 with three homers, six RBI and four runs scored. He's also struck out 12 times in 29 at-bats, an idea of how great and frustrating he'll be for fantasy owners over the next two months.
Aug 10 - 8:35 PM

Javier Baez singled in his first at-bat on Friday, but went down on strikes in each of his other four trips to the plate, finishing the afternoon 1-for-5 in Friday's loss to the Rays.

He has already flashed the good and bad points of his game during his brief time in the big leagues. In his first four games, he's hitting .263 (5-for-19) with three homers and a 7/0 K/BB ratio. He stands to see regular playing time at second base the remainder of the season and makes for a nice middle infield option in deeper formats.
Aug 8 - 8:31 PM

Javier Baez went 3-for-4 and launched his second and third big-league homers as the Cubs topped the Rockies 6-2 on Thursday.

Baez will rack up the strikeouts, but the homers should keep coming, too; no one in either league possesses better bat speed. After three games in Coors Field, he has a tougher assignment coming up next, with the Rays headed to Chicago for three games. He'll have his share of misses, but his at-bats are quickly becoming must-see affairs.
Aug 7 - 6:42 PM

Javier Baez hit the game-winning home run in the 12th inning to give the Cubs a 6-5 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday.

Baez' strengths and weaknesses were on full display in his major league debut, as the talented 21-year-old struck out in three of his first five at-bats before sending a Boone Logan pitch to the opposite field for his first career home run in the 12th inning. There will likely be plenty of swings and misses over the next two months, but it will be fun watching Baez put his power to use when he connects. The ability to hit it out at any given time makes him a player to own for fantasy purposes.
Aug 6 - 1:22 AM

Cubs purchased the contract of INF Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa.

Baez is starting at second base and batting second Tuesday in his major league debut. The 21-year-old top prospect was on fire at Iowa and needs to be owned in all mixed fantasy leagues for the stretch run.
Aug 5 - 4:21 PM

Javier Baez will be promoted to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Baez got off to a slow start this season at Triple-A Iowa, but he hit .322 with a 1.046 OPS, 12 home runs, and 38 RBI over his last 40 games and obviously isn't being brought up to sit on the Cubs' bench. The talented 21-year-old can play both shortstop and second base, and is worth adding in all mixed fantasy leagues for the stretch run. He'll debut Tuesday night in Colorado.
Aug 4 - 1:48 PM

Cubs prospect Javier Baez went 3-for-7 with a double, two home runs, and a walk for Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

Baez played second base in both games, and has played second base in nine of his last 11 games. He has hits in 20 of his last 21 games, hitting .325/.370/.723 with nine doubles and eight home runs during that time. His season line is now .259/.320/.499, a far cry from the .217/.275/.415 line he had on June 14. It is unclear what impact the addition of Manny Ramirez has had on Baez, but in the superstition-filled world of baseball, both Ramirez and Baez may see time in Chicago in September.
Jul 27 - 11:19 AM

Cubs prospect SS Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI on Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.

The 21-year-old started at second base in the game, marking the first time he's played the position since spring training. Baez's long-term future at shortstop was complicated by the Cubs acquisition of Addison Russell earlier this month, so it's not surprising he's now seeing playing time at another position. Beyond that, Baez is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak during which he's batting .273 with four home runs, five doubles and 11 RBI. Overall, he's posted a .244/.306/.462 batting line with 15 home runs, 20 doubles, 58 RBI, 15 steals and a 111-28 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season in 85 games at Iowa.
Jul 18 - 2:48 PM

Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez is starting at second base for Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.

It's the first time as a pro that he's played a position other than shortstop. With Addison Russell to be promoted to Iowa eventually and Starlin Castro holding down shortstop for the big league club, Baez's future could be at second base. The 21-year-old has had a rather disappointing season at Iowa, batting .240/.305/.449 with 14 homers, 55 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Still, while he's not a finished product, his fantasy upside is immense, and he should make it up to the majors in short order if he proves to be a quick study at second base.
Jul 17 - 8:07 PM

Cubs prospect SS Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with his 13th home run of the season Sunday for Triple-A Iowa.

The 21-year-old quietly has rebounded from a dismal first month of the season and is now batting .241/.310/.448 with 13 home runs, 17 doubles, 50 RBI and 15 steals through 79 games. However, Baez's penchant for whiffing has continued to hold him back, as the right-handed hitter has posted a 105-28 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year. That said, Baez has shown steady improvement since the beginning of June, batting .266/.347/.492 with six home runs, eight doubles, 10 stolen bases and a 42-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Jul 7 - 11:22 AM

Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a walk and a double for Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

Baez's .243/.305/.437 has been buoyed a .275/.345/.471 line in June. His strikeout rates have decreased each month, from 34.9 percent in April to 34.5 percent in May to 29.3 percent in June. If he can continue his improved performance, he could see time in Chicago in late summer or September.
Jul 1 - 12:22 PM

Cubs prospect shortstop Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with a double for Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

Though he is hitting .226/.281/.435 for the season, he has shown some life in June, hitting .234/.282/.484 with two doubles, one triple, and four home runs in 71 plate appearances. Additionally, his strikeout rate has decreased each month, as it was 34.9 percent in April, 34.5 percent in May, and 32.4 percent in June. His isolated power has spiked in June, as it is .250 for the month and .209 for the season.
Jun 21 - 10:19 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Chris Valaika
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Chris Coghlan
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Felix Doubront
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Brian Schlitter
8Kyuji Fujikawa
9Jacob Turner