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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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According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, infield prospect Javier Baez is expected to be in the Cubs' first wave of September callups.
And it seems very possible that he could position himself for regular starts at second base. Starlin Castro and Tommy La Stella have been playing there with Addison Russell recently taking over at shortstop. Baez, 22, is batting .316/.380/.530 with 13 home runs, 60 RBI, and 17 stolen bases in 67 games this season at the Triple-A level. He'll be worth trying out in most mixed fantasy leagues. Aug 29 - 7:25 PM

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that there are no immediate plans to promote Javier Baez.

Jorge Soler's oblique injury has opened some playing time at second base because Chris Coghlan will have to move back to the outfield, but Baez isn't being considered as an option yet. That could change when rosters expand on September 1. Baez, 22, is batting .304/.372/.518 with 12 home runs, 55 RBI, and 15 stolen bases in 62 games this season at the Triple-A level.
Aug 24 - 12:36 PM

Cubs SS prospect Javier Baez blasted two home runs Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Iowa.

it was his first game back in Triple-A after missing close to two months with a broken finger. Tuesday marked Baez's third multi-homer game of 2015. He's dominated the minor leagues this season, hitting .325 across 157 at-bats while posting a stellar .399 on base percentage. The 22-year-old has come up in trade rumors and could be dealt ahead of Friday's deadline. Starlin Castro, the Cubs' current shortstop, could also be available.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 29 - 4:27 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres have discussed Javier Baez with the Cubs.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported on Monday that they've also talked to the Cubs about Starlin Castro as they look for a long-term solution at shortstop. The Cubs are interested in a few of the Padres' starters, namely Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner, so the two sides could be a match. Baez has spent all season at Triple-A Iowa, batting .317/.387/.572 with 10 homers over 38 games in an injury-shortened campaign.
Jul 29 - 2:39 PM

Javier Baez (finger) is performing the full range of baseball activities in Arizona.

Baez should soon begin playing in games for one of the Cubs' low-level minor league affiliates -- probably one in Arizona. He's been out of commission for Triple-A Iowa since June 7 due to a fractured left ring finger. The 22-year-old infield prospect could help the Cubs by the end of season, even if it's only in a role as a bench bat.
Jul 21 - 5:34 PM

Javier Baez (finger) has been cleared to swing a bat.

Baez fractured his left ring finger on June 7. He's progressing in his rehab, but there's still no timetable for his return, and it's very possible that he'll be activated at the Triple-A level, rather than the MLB one.
Jul 10 - 3:07 PM

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.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Jun 24 - 8:14 PM

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).
Source: MILB.com
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).
Source: MILB.com
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Tommy La Stella
2Jonathan Herrera
SS1Addison Russell
2Starlin Castro
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
2Chris Coghlan
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Dan Haren
5Kyle Hendricks
6Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Jason Motte
4Tommy Hunter
5Justin Grimm
6Fernando Rodney
7James Russell
8Travis Wood
9Clayton Richard
10Neil Ramirez
11Rafael Soriano