The Book on Javier Baez
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Javier Baez / SS, CHC
Toa Baja, PR, P.R.
5 | 4/10/2014
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (4/24/2014): #10
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #7
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #13
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2014: #5
Baseball Prospectus: #4
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A nominal shortstop, Puerto Rican mini-Cub Javier Baez also looks just fine at second and third, and has one of the highest overall upsides of any infield prospect in baseball. His ultimate position will probably come down to some mix of organizational need and how his body develops.
A solid all-around athlete, there's no reason to yet believe he won't stick at shortstop, thanks to a strong arm, soft hands and good feet. He hasn't yet shown the power for a corner, though, so his best route to the majors is definitely the middle of the diamond.
He's not very widely known yet, but wait another year and Cubs fans will be clamoring for a Castro-Baez (or perhaps Baez-Castro) infield combination. They should sample one or the other sometime in 2014.
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News and Notes
3/17/2013 by KDaddy
Despite a hot spring in which he's slashed .324/.343/.706 with four homers, Cubs superprospect Javier Baez will be demoted to minor league camp this week. This makes a lot of sense, considering he doesn't really have a position yet, and the Cubs won't be winning with or without him. Better to keep him under control a little longer as the team tries to line up other young players who can bolster the MLB club at the same time.
11/2/2012 by KDaddy
Excitable Cubs prospect Javier Baez, having a fine time showing off in the Arizona Fall League, broke his thumb yesterday. The cause of the injury: an overenthusiastic high five. He's done until spring.