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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 (finger) is set to resume his rehab at the Cubs' spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona.
Baez sustained a fractured left ring finger on June 7, and he's been sidelined ever since. The infielder isn't even guaranteed that he'll return to the Cubs once healthy, as he'd been demoted prior to the injury. Jun 24 - 8:14 PM

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Cubs prospect Javier Baez sustained a fractured left ring finger while sliding into second base on a stolen base attempt in Sunday's game at Triple-A Iowa.

The initial estimation is that he'll miss anywhere between 4-8 weeks. It's certainly a big blow to fantasy owners in redraft leagues who had been waiting for Baez to get his shot with the Cubs. Aside from keeper formats, he can safely be dropped at this point.
Jun 7 - 7:37 PM

Cubs prospect Javier Baez was removed from Sunday's game at Triple-A Iowa with an apparent hand injury.

Baez sustained the injury while sliding into second base on an attempted steal in the seventh inning. He'll presumably head for X-rays to see if there is any structural damage to the hand or fingers that he jammed on the base.
Jun 7 - 4:57 PM

Cubs SS prospect Javier Baez cranked two homers Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Iowa.

He finished the night 4-for-5 with four RBI. Tuesday was Baez's 11th career four-RBI game, his eighth four-hit game and his eighth multi-homer game. He's hit .500 with eight RBI during his five-game hitting streak. Though he doesn't have enough at-bats to qualify, Baez would be sixth in the Pacific Coast League in OPS (.947), eighth in slugging (.550) and seventh in on base percentage (.397).
Jun 3 - 3:03 PM

Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez launched two homers Sunday in a win for Triple-A Iowa.

Baez had a great weekend, mashing seven hits in 13 at-bats with three homers and six RBI. The 22-year-old doesn't have enough at-bats to qualify, but if he did, his OPS (.944) would be the eighth-highest in the Pacific Coast League while his slugging percentage (.540) would be tenth-highest. Baez crushed nine homers in his first stint in the big leagues last season but struggled to hit for average (.169 in 213 at-bats).
May 25 - 12:22 PM

Javier Baez (family) will make his 2015 debut for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs on Thursday night.

Baez was excused from Triple-A Iowa on April 9 following the death of his 21-year-old sister Noely. The top infield prospect will play second base and bat third in his debut Thursday. He's pretty buried on the Cubs' depth chart now, so it's hard to figure when Baez might return to the major league level.
Source: MLBlogs
Apr 30 - 3:50 PM

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

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.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 07:13:00 PM

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C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
3Mike Baxter
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
7Donn Roach
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6James Russell
7Edwin Jackson
8Zac Rosscup
9Travis Wood