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Javier Baez | Shortstop

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (21) / 12/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez was activated from Triple-A Iowa's disabled list Sunday.
Baez missed a week of action with a left ankle injury, but he's fine now. Iowa is easing him back into things, though, as he's in the DH spot Sunday. Apr 20 - 10:54 AM

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Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez has been placed on Triple-A Iowa's disabled list with a left ankle sprain.

It doesn't appear to be a major injury, but the Cubs will play it safely with the top prospect. Baez is hitting just .154//.214/.423 in his first eight games this season for Iowa, though he does have a pair of home runs.
Apr 13 - 1:32 PM

Cubs prospect SS Javier Baez hit his second home run of the season on Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.

Baez, 21, got off to a slow start, going 1-for-18 with a home run and eight strikeouts through his first six games. He was also ejected from a game earlier in the week and reportedly had an altercation with catcher Eli Whiteside in the team's dugout. However, as expected, the highly touted slugger has started to pick up the pace as of late, as he's gone 3-for-8 with a double, home run and two RBI in his last two contests. Expect Baez to debut in the major leagues sometime before the All-Star break, possibly as early as June.
Apr 11 - 2:06 PM

MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports that Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez "reportedly exchanged words and had an altercation in the dugout" with teammate Eli Whiteside during a game at Triple-A Iowa Saturday.

Baez started the season 0-for-9 and was ejected from Saturday’s game after arguing a checked swing third strike call, which apparently sent him over the edge. The good news is that he and Whiteside apparently made up, and Cubs president Theo Epstein called it "a great development and experience" for the top prospect. Baez could be promoted to the big club before the All-Star break.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Apr 8 - 7:47 PM

Cubs prospect Javier Baez connected for his first Triple-A home run on Sunday.

Baez didn't start but entered the game as a pinch hitter, finishing 1-for-2 with the home run. The 21-year-old is considered one of the top prospects in the minor leagues, and he's expected to arrive at some point around mid-season.
Apr 7 - 11:29 AM

Cubs reassigned INF Javier Baez, RHP Brian Schlitter, RHP Chang-Yong Lim, LHP Jonathan Sanchez and INF Chris Valaika to minor league camp.

Baez had made waves in recent days with the Cubs playing him at second base, and the possibility that he could be an option for them there at the beginning of the season. He's likely to join the Cubs at some point around mid-season, after the Super-2 deadline has passed.
Mar 22 - 12:46 PM

Javier Baez was diagnosed with a right heel contusion after landing awkwardly on first base while beating out an infield single on Friday.

Baez is considered day-to-day and is listed on the reserve roster for Saturday's Cactus League contest. The fact that the dynamic young infielder is still in Major League camp could mean that they are seriously considering keeping him as the starting second baseman on the Opening Day roster.
Mar 21 - 7:01 PM

Javier Baez left Friday's game against the White Sox after landing on first base awkwardly while beating out an infield hit.

Baez came up limping but was eventually able to walk off the field on his own without any apparent issues. The injury looked minor, as the Cubs were likely just playing things cautiously. Baez is tied for the spring training lead with five home runs.
Mar 21 - 5:56 PM

Javier Baez, making his first start at second base since high school, went 1-for-3 in split-squad action against the Athletics on Monday.

Baez singled and struck out twice. That he started at second base is interesting because it shows that the Cubs have more than a fantasy of bringing Baez with them when the regular season opens. Starlin Castro has the shortstop position locked up for now, so Baez could displace Darwin Barney at second.
Mar 17 - 6:28 PM

Javier Baez is starting at second base in Monday's Cactus League game versus the Athletics.

Baez hasn't played the position since high school, but the Cubs are looking at ways to get the top prospect into the lineup with Starlin Castro settled in at shortstop. Also notable is that Darwin Barney is starting at shortstop Monday, as he's probably looking at a future utility role if (when) Baez takes over at the keystone.
Mar 17 - 11:01 AM

Javier Baez will get a start at second base on Monday or Tuesday.

It will be the first start for Baez at second base since his high school days. With Starlin Castro locked in at shortstop, it could be the fastest path for the uber-prospect to make an impact with the Cubs. The fact that he's still in camp at this stage, means that it could be a non-zero chance that he cracks the Opening Day roster.
Mar 15 - 2:44 PM

Javier Baez crushed a mammoth home run in the Cubs' Cactus League loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.

Baez showed amazing bat speed on the drive, which sailed well over 400 feet. It was his third home run of the spring, and he now boasts a 1.190 OPS in Cactus League play. The 21-year-old middle infield prospect should make his debut at the major league level in June.
Mar 13 - 9:06 AM

Javier Baez remains in Cubs camp after the team's latest round of cuts.

Starlin Castro's hamstring injury has given the 21-year-old top prospect a chance to show what he's got, and he's making the most of it. Baez is still viewed as a longshot to make the club out of spring, but the young infielder has impressed thus far and the Cubs want to continue to see what he can do. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Baez could play second base in games next week. "We want to still be able to see him work and play at different positions," Renteria told MLB.com. In any case, Baez's debut in Chicago is close.
Mar 12 - 7:10 PM

Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run against the Rockies on Wednesday.

Baez's blast, his second of the spring, came in the sixth inning off of Chris Martin. Widely considered one of the best prospects in baseball, Baez has been showing why he is generating so much buzz.
Mar 5 - 5:47 PM

Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with a solo home run Monday against the Brewers.

Brewers starter Marco Estrada found out why Baez is considered one of the game's future stars. The young infielder smoked a high fastball well over the fence in right-center in the second inning, one of his two hits on the afternoon. The Cubs plan to give Baez some exposure at second and third base this spring in addition to his normal duties at shortstop.
Mar 3 - 7:25 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker