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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 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

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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

Cubs prospect SS Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with his 13th home run of the season Sunday for Triple-A Iowa.

The 21-year-old quietly has rebounded from a dismal first month of the season and is now batting .241/.310/.448 with 13 home runs, 17 doubles, 50 RBI and 15 steals through 79 games. However, Baez's penchant for whiffing has continued to hold him back, as the right-handed hitter has posted a 105-28 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year. That said, Baez has shown steady improvement since the beginning of June, batting .266/.347/.492 with six home runs, eight doubles, 10 stolen bases and a 42-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Jul 7 - 11:22 AM

Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a walk and a double for Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

Baez's .243/.305/.437 has been buoyed a .275/.345/.471 line in June. His strikeout rates have decreased each month, from 34.9 percent in April to 34.5 percent in May to 29.3 percent in June. If he can continue his improved performance, he could see time in Chicago in late summer or September.
Jul 1 - 12:22 PM

Cubs prospect shortstop Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with a double for Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

Though he is hitting .226/.281/.435 for the season, he has shown some life in June, hitting .234/.282/.484 with two doubles, one triple, and four home runs in 71 plate appearances. Additionally, his strikeout rate has decreased each month, as it was 34.9 percent in April, 34.5 percent in May, and 32.4 percent in June. His isolated power has spiked in June, as it is .250 for the month and .209 for the season.
Jun 21 - 10:19 AM

Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a home run on Sunday.

Baez snapped a five game hitless streak with aplomb, showcasing his uncommon power. Whenever he seems to get going, he follows it up with a multi-game hitless streak. Baez generated the most buzz of almost any player in the Cactus League but has scuffled in Triple-A, hitting .223/.279/.431 and striking out 34.3 percent of the time.
Jun 16 - 7:56 AM

Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, a sacrifice fly, and a stolen base for Triple-A Iowa on Monday, raising his season line to .239/.298/.457.

Baez has been blistering hot over his last four games, going 8-for-16 with a double, a triple, two home runs, and two stolen bases. He is still striking out far too much, but a hot few weeks could force the Cubs to promote Baez to give their fans their first glimpse at who could be the face of the franchise.
Jun 10 - 9:12 AM

Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run for Triple-A Iowa on Friday, raising his season line to .222/.284/.426.

Baez also struck out twice, and now has 68 strikeouts on the season in 194 plate appearances (35.1%). This game encapsulated Baez's skillset, immense power coupled with high strikeout totals. It is good to see Baez is back after missing a few games after getting hit on the wrist by a pitch on Sunday, but he will need to put together a longer hot streak before a promotion is a possibility.
Jun 7 - 10:39 AM

Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez was scratched from Monday's lineup at Triple-A Iowa after being hit in the wrist with a pitch Sunday.

Baez doesn't have any broken bones, as the injury is expected to be a day-to-day situation. The top prospect is hitting just .220/.281/.411 this season, though he does have seven homers, 25 RBI and seven steals.
Jun 2 - 8:58 PM

Cubs prospect SS Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Monday, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI for Triple-A Iowa.

Baez has quickly overcome his dismal start to his season at Iowa, as the 21-year-old slugger is batting .422/.429/.867 with eight doubles, four homers and 14 RBI in 49 plate appearances during his hitting streak. Overall, Baez is batting .225/.287/.437 this season with 17 extra-base hits (seven home runs), 25 RBI and a 56/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 39 games for Iowa.
May 27 - 11:36 AM

Cubs prospect SS Javier Baez turned in his best game of the season on Thursday, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI for Triple-A Iowa.

The home run was an absolute bomb, as Baez blasted it out of Triple-A Round Rock's stadium to straightaway left field. The 21-year-old appears to have finally turned the corner after a dismal start to his season, as he's put together a seven-game hitting streak during which he's batting .429 (12-for-28) with five doubles, three home runs and only five strikeouts. The recent hot streak has lifted Baez's season batting line to .201/.270/.396 through 35 games to go along with six doubles and six home runs.
May 23 - 3:02 PM

Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with three singles on Wednesday for Double-A Iowa.

This was his first multi-hit game since April 22 and only his third multi-hit game of the 2014 campaign. His season line jumped from .141/.230/.295 before the game to .169/.250/.313 afterward.
May 8 - 9:46 AM

Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez hit his third home run of the season on Monday, as part of a 1-for-3 day with two walks.

The walks were the third and fourth of the season for Baez, which is a good sign because he needs to work on his patience and pitch selection. He's only hitting .172/.238/.379 for the season, so he needs to improve his performance before he could be considered for a promotion.
Apr 29 - 10:03 AM

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

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

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