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Javier Baez | Shortstop | #9

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 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 went 1-for-3 and stole three bases as Puerto Rico defeated the United States 6-5 on Friday to advance to the next round of the World Baseball Classic.
It's hard to believe that this guy isn't going to play everyday for the Cubs to begin the season. Baez delivered the last of the six consecutive singles to start the game for Puerto Rico then immediately swiped second and third base. He also made a couple of stellar defensive plays in the ballgame, showing why he's one of the most talented all around players in the game today. Mar 18 - 1:35 AM

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that "it's going to be tough to get (Javier Baez) in there often enough at the beginning of the game."

"In a perfect world, everyone is well," Maddon said. "It's going to be tough to get him in there often enough at the beginning of the game. You probably see him there on most games we finish that we're winning. He'll be fine. The development will continue. He gets it. He's going to get plenty of at-bats before the season's over." As Maddon alluded to, Baez doesn't have a regular spot in the lineup as long as the Cubs stick with a Jon Jay/Albert Almora platoon in center field and keep Jason Heyward in right. Baez's versatility will allow him to fill in often at multiple positions, and he'll sub in at second base often late in games for defensive purposes, pushing Ben Zobrist to left field and Kyle Schwarber to the bench. Still, fantasy owners need to be prepared for the fact that he's not going to receive everyday at-bats.
Feb 26 - 9:13 AM

Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with a double in Saturday's split-squad loss to the Giants.

First double of the spring for Baez. The 24-year-old is looking to build on a 2016 season in which he hit .273/.314/.423 with 14 homers, 59 RBI and 12 steals over the course of 421 at-bats.
Feb 25 - 7:11 PM

Javier Baez crushed a solo home run in Wednesday's 10-inning win over the Indians in Game 7 of the World Series.

Baez was just 4-for-21 in the World Series entering Game 7, and all four of those hits were singles. But his struggles at the plate (he did commit two errors on Wednesday) melted away in the decisive game, as the 23-year-old infielder smacked a solo home run off Corey Kluber to lead off the fifth inning. That dinger boosted the Cubs to a 5-1 advantage, but the Indians came surging back to tie the game in the eighth inning. The Cubs used a short rain delay to regroup before scoring two runs in the top of the 10th and then finishing out the bottom of the frame for an 8-7 victory and their first World Series championship in 108 years. Baez has a very bright future. As does this entire Cubs team.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 12:54:00 AM

Javier Baez will bat ninth in Game 6 of the World Series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Anthony Rizzo already spilled the beans on most of the lineup, but now we also know that Jason Heyward will be in right field and Willson Contreras will catch Jake Arrieta. The struggling Baez is hitting .143 (3-for-21) with nine strikeouts during the World Series. The full lineup against Josh Tomlin: Dexter Fowler CF, Kyle Schwarber DH, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Contreras C, Heyward RF, Baez 2B.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 03:21:00 PM

Javier Baez and Jon Lester were named Co-MVPs of the 2016 NLCS.

Baez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and an error in Saturday's series-clincher but he provided plenty of heroics in the other five games. He hit .318 for the series with four RBI including three in the Cubs’ Game 5 victory. Meanwhile Lester won both of his starts against the Dodgers while recording a minuscule 1.38 ERA. Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series on normal rest Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 11:25:00 PM

Javier Baez said after Game 5 of the NLCS that he feels fine.

Baez felt something in his ankle after rounding second base on his bases-clearing double in the eighth inning, but he stayed in the game and told reporters after that he's 100 percent. He should be good to go for Game 6 on Saturday in Chicago.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 01:34:00 AM

Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a bases-clearing double, a run scored, and a stolen base in a win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday.

The Cubs had a four-run lead when Baez came up with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth and he put the game to bed with a drive which nearly went over the right-center field fence. He gave the Cubs a bit of a scare when he came up hobbled after changing his mind about going for a triple, but fortunately he felt well enough to stay in the ballgame. Baez has arguably been the breakout star of the postseason. In addition to his excellent defense, he’s batting .371/.395/.571 across nine games.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 12:28:00 AM

Javier Baez broke up Clayton Kershaw's bid for a perfect game with a two-out single in the fifth inning of Sunday's Game 2 of the NLCS.

His single was followed by another from teammate Willson Contreras, which proved to be the club's only two hits in the entire contest. Baez also showed off his baseball IQ in the sixth inning, letting a weak line drive drop in front of him at second base and turning it into an inning-ending 4-6-5-6 double play. With his 1-for-3 effort on Sunday, Baez is now hitting .391/.417/.609 on the postseason.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 11:03:00 PM

Javier Baez broke out for two hits and a stolen base in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers Saturday in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Another day, another dazzling performance from Baez, who is quickly becoming the breakout star of this year’s postseason. Baez stole the show in the second inning by plating Jason Heyward on a double to right field. The hit would have been a single for most players but Baez motored into second to secure the two-bagger. Later in the inning Baez made a move toward home on a failed suicide squeeze, hesitated, then stole the base after catcher Carlos Ruiz made an ill-advised throw to third base. In doing so, Baez became the first Cub to steal home in the postseason since 1907. Baez added a double in the sixth inning for good measure. He’s hit .400 with a homer, three RBI and five runs this postseason.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 12:02:00 AM

Javier Baez hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Cubs advanced past the Giants in the NLDS with a 6-5 Game 4 victory.

San Francisco opened the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead, but Kris Bryant singled, Anthony Rizzo drew a walk, Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double, Willson Contreras belted a two-run single, Jason Heyward made it to second base on a throwing error after a sac bunt, and Baez drove Heyward in with a shot through the Giants' infield. San Francisco tried five different relievers to get the save, but Matt Moore's terrific eight-inning start was lost. This will be the second straight NLCS appearance for the Cubs. Baez is quickly becoming a household name with his big hits and ridiculous defensive plays.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 12:10:00 AM

Javier Baez launched a go-ahead solo homer off of Johnny Cueto in the eighth inning on Friday, propelling the Cubs to a 1-0 victory over the Giants in Game 1 of the NLDS.

Both Cueto and Cubs' hurler Jon Lester were outstanding in this contest, trading dueling zeros until the bottom of the eighth inning. That's where Baez finally broke through, launching a 3-2 pitch into the basket above the left field wall. He also singled in the game, finishing the night 2-for-3. Baez was the only player on the Cubs to tally multiple hits in the ballgame.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 11:56:00 PM

Javier Baez is starting at second base and batting seventh for the Cubs in Friday's NLDS Game 1 against the Giants.

Zobrist made just 11 starts in left field this season, but of course he has plenty of experience in the outfield. The Cubs also have David Ross catching, which is standard when Jon Lester is on the mound. Chicago's full lineup is as follows: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Zobrist LF, Addison Russell SS, Jason Heyward RF, Baez 2B, Ross C, Lester P.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs in Monday's victory over the Pirates.

Baez took Chad Kuhl deep in the fourth inning for his second grand slam of the season. He wasn't done there, adding a two-RBI single in the sixth to extend the Cubs' lead to 11-0 at the time. Kris Bryant also went deep for the Cubbies, who claimed their 100th victory of the season. It's the first time since 1935 that the Cubs have reached 100 wins.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 10:58:00 PM

Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as the Cubs fell to the Giants on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

Baez scored the club's first run in the fifth inning on a single by Jake Arrieta. He then plated the other with a sacrifice fly the following inning. Baez also swiped his 12th base of the season in the ballgame. For the season, he's hitting .271/.309/.435 with 13 homers and 48 RBI.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 05:50:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3Ali Solis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
3Tommy La Stella
4Jemile Weeks
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
2Matt Szczur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Mike Montgomery
6Carl Edwards Jr.
7Justin Grimm
8Brian Duensing
9Caleb Smith
10Manny Parra
11Andury Acevedo
12Daniel Moskos
13Gerardo Concepcion