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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
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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

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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.
Source: cubs.com
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.
Source: mlb.com
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

Javier Baez (thumb) will begin the season on the disabled list.

Baez injured his thumb about a week and a half ago in a Cactus League game and is just ramping things up. His stint on the DL will be backdated, so the hope is that he could be ready for the team's home opener on April 11. Matt Szczur will take his spot on the Cubs' bench for now.
Mar 29 - 2:55 PM

Javier Baez (thumb) played catch on Monday.

It's a small step in the right direction for Baez, who jammed his left thumb 10 days ago in a Cactus League game. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that it's still too early to tell whether Baez is going to be ready for the season. If he isn't swinging a bat yet, it's a good bet he is headed for the disabled list.
Mar 28 - 3:55 PM

Javier Baez is still nursing a jammed thumb.

Baez aggravated the injury earlier this week. He probably returned to action a little sooner than he should have. Baez will be out of the lineup for at least a few more days. Baez was hoping to impress the Cubs with his versatility this spring but injuries have limited him to just 30 at-bats.
Mar 24 - 8:27 PM

Javier Baez (thumb) is out for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Baez is getting treatment on his left thumb after sliding hard Wednesday against the Royals. There's some swelling but Baez doesn't expect to miss much time. The 23-year-old is hoping to fill a super-utility role for the Cubs this season. He's already started games at center field and first base this spring.
Mar 17 - 3:51 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
2Javier Baez
3B1Kris Bryant
2Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Pedro Strop
3Justin Grimm
4Trevor Cahill
5Adam Warren
6Neil Ramirez
7Travis Wood
8Zac Rosscup
9Clayton Richard