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Javier Baez | Third Baseman | #9

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (9) / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Javier Baez will start at third base Tuesday versus the Nationals.
Meanwhile, Kris Bryant will get the start in left field. Chris Coghlan, who started in left field on Monday night, is on the bench against southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Jun 14 - 2:33 PM

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Javier Baez went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Braves.

Baez's homer served as a nice cherry on top of the Cubs' offensive sundae on Sunday, as he capped off their 11-run beatdown of the Braves when he clocked the three-run dinger in the eighth inning. Through 125 at-bats, the 23-year-old infielder is slashing .272/.305/.440 with five homers and 18 RBI. He is a talented player, but does not see enough at-bats for true fantasy relevancy outside of keeper formats.
Jun 12 - 5:53 PM

Javier Baez had a two-run homer and an RBI single against the Dodgers in Thursday's win.

The door was open for Baez to secure more playing time with Jorge Soler struggling last month, but he hit .143 with no extra-base hits in 42 at-bats over a three-week span and now Soler has gotten it going some. We still believe in Baez's bat, but he's going to be a part-timer until someone else gets hurt.
Jun 2 - 4:58 PM

Javier Baez hit a walkoff solo homer Sunday in the Cubs' 4-3 win over the Nationals.

The line-drive shot to left-center off Nationals reliever Blake Treinen provided a dramatic finish to a big four-game series between two of the best teams in baseball. It also gave the Cubs a four-game sweep. They stand 24-6 on the season with a seven-game winning streak.
May 9 - 8:07 AM

Javier Baez had a pinch-hit single, a stolen base and a run scored against the Brewers on Tuesday.

Pinch-hitting in the seventh inning, Baez singled and stole second base before scoring on Anthony Rizzo's RBI double. Baez finished 1-for-2 in the game. The infielder has found ways to contribute since being activated from the disabled list in mid-April, batting .280/.280/.440 with a solo home run, two steals and five runs scored. With Jorge Soler struggling at the plate, the 23-year-old could see his playing time tick up as he continues to pitch in offensively.
Apr 26 - 11:56 PM

Javier Baez lashed a solo homer over the left field wall against the Reds on Friday, finishing the night 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

The Cubs only activated Baez a week ago, yet he's already making a push for consistent playing time. He hit his first homer of the season in the ninth inning, an absolute laser at 108 mph, and upped his batting average to .353 in 17 PA. The best case scenario for fantasy owners is that manager Joe Maddon continues to move him around the diamond, increasing his positional eligibility and setting him up to be a fantasy monster in the second half.
Apr 22 - 11:23 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon plans to give Javier Baez about 2-to-3 starts per week.

Baez worked to become a utility player this offseason and Maddon plans on putting his versatility to good use. "He's got a high-maintenance swing and he's young, so he needs to continue to get at-bats," said Maddon. "That's the difficult part about all of this … to nurture him along right now along with a team that has a chance to do something really special this year." Baez filled in for Ben Zobrist at second base Saturday and went 2-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts.
Apr 16 - 10:50 PM

Cubs activated INF/OF Javier Baez from the 15-day disabled list.

Baez hit .267 with a home run in four rehab games for Triple-A Iowa after recovering from a left thumb injury. He should get a decent amount of playing time with the Cubs at a variety of positions and his upside makes him worthy of rostering in fantasy leagues even if he won't be out there every day.
Apr 15 - 11:23 AM

The Cubs are planning to activate Javier Baez (thumb) from the disabled list on Friday.

Munenori Kawasaki will be sent down in the corresponding roster move. Baez hit .267 with a home run in four rehab games for Triple-A Iowa. The 23-year-old played three different positions during his rehab assignment and should help the Cubs in a utility role this year.
Apr 15 - 12:02 AM

Javier Baez (thumb) said he's ready to return.

Baez will join Triple-A Iowa on their road trip to Round Rock and should be activated sometime next week. The extra time in the minors should help as Baez looks to rebrand himself as a utility man. Baez missed time in spring training with a left thumb injury and was later shut down for about a week after taking a pitch off his helmet. He could be in line for more playing time now that left-fielder Kyle Schwarber (ACL) is out for the year.
Apr 14 - 5:48 PM

Javier Baez (thumb) went 1-for-4 in his third minor league rehab game with Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs are looking to give Baez 20-25 at-bats in rehab action. In just three minor league games, he has started at third, left field and shortstop. Plus some second base. Manager Joe Maddon is pleased with his progress, saying, "He's feeling well, he's doing well. I've heard all is good. He's getting closer to coming back." The 23-year-old is working his way back from a jammed left thumb suffered in mid-March. He figures to be activated from the disabled list in the next week or so.
Apr 13 - 9:45 PM

Javier Baez (thumb) went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Iowa.

Baez, who is getting back to speed after a left thumb injury, flew out and struck out in his other two plate appearances. While he made the start at third base, he's expected to play all over the infield and outfield during his time in the minors in order to prepare him for a super-utility role. He's expected to receive 20-25 at-bats during his minor league rehab assignment, so he's likely a few days away from joining the Cubs.
Apr 12 - 11:44 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that the club wants Javier Baez (thumb) to get 20-25 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa before activating him from the disabled list.

He's also expected to play all over the place, as the Cubs prepare him for a super utility role. Baez, who is working his way back from a left thumb injury, could be an interesting alternative for left field if Jorge Soler struggles.
Apr 11 - 5:18 PM

Javier Baez (thumb) hasn't hit since taking a pitch off his helmet on Monday.

The Cubs have kept him out as a precaution. Baez was hoping to be activated Monday against Cincinnati but now that's off the table. The good news is that his injured thumb feels fine. This should only be a minor setback for the 23-year-old.
Apr 7 - 8:27 PM

Cubs placed INF/OF Javier Baez on the 15-day disabled with a left thumb injury.

Baez has been dealing with the ailment for the last couple weeks. He could be ready as soon as April 11 for the Cubs' home opener and will fill a utility role.
Apr 3 - 2:22 PM

Depth Charts

C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Willson Contreras
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Chris Coghlan
3Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
3Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Travis Wood
6Spencer Patton
7Gerardo Concepcion
8Carl Edwards Jr.
9Clayton Richard
10Zac Rosscup
11Joe Nathan