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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 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. Aug 23 - 8:48 PM

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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.
Aug 22 - 5:28 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.
Aug 21 - 2:49 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.
Aug 18 - 3:18 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.
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
3Rafael Lopez
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Logan Watkins
SS1Starlin Castro
2Chris Valaika
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Junior Lake
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
7Felix Doubront
8James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Kyuji Fujikawa
8Eric Jokisch
9Blake Parker
10Dan Straily
11Brian Schlitter
12Arodys Vizcaino
13Zach Rosscup