Odds are you haven’t, but you really should take notice. We introduced Javier Baez to you here,
The Cubs selected 19-year-old Javier Baez, in the first round (9th overall) of the 2011 draft out of Arlington County High School in Florida. Unlike Rizzo and Jackson, there are not many numbers to go off of when looking at Baez. His high
school numbers are ridiculous however, where he hit .711 with 20 home runs. He did have an opportunity to play briefly with the rookie level AZL Cubs before moving to Boise for a couple of games. Baez, who was drafted as a shortstop will continue to play there, but it appears a move to third base might better suit his defensive skills. Not saying he will be a bad defensively, but what will separate Baez from others is his bat. Unfortunately the sample size is too small to get an accurate prediction, but by all accounts his offense has the potential to be special.
Currently Baez is playing for the Cubs extended spring training squad in Arizona, and he’s putting up some big numbers. Baez was 2-for-4 today with two home runs, one of which was a grand slam, he finished with six RBI’s. Baez cam into the game hitting .329 coming into the game with 82 plate appearances. Baez now has 8 home runs, and 26 RBI’s in 24 extended spring training games. The sky is the limit for Baez, I would expect him to play for the Boise Hawks once extended spring training breaks and Boise opens their season. One thing is for sure, you might not want to miss what Baez is doing, we’ll do our best to keep you updated.
** Thanks to the CubReporter and Arizona Phil for doing a fantastic job tracking the extended spring training Cubs, he has a great site, go check it out here.
[UPDATE] – Reports from the Tribune say that Baez is close to being optioned to low A Peoria, not Boise. Cubs are really taking notice of Baez’s play.
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