The Book on Javier Baez
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Javier Baez / SS, CHC
Toa Baja, PR, P.R.
2 | 8/1/2014
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (10/23/2014): #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. With one of the highest overall upsides of any position player in baseball, there's really no question he'll end up an everyday MLB asset somewhere or other. His ultimate position will probably come down to some mix of organizational need and how his body develops.
That said, there's no reason to yet believe he can'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 remains 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'll get one soon enough.
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News and Notes
8/8/2014 by KDaddy
Javier Baez continued his surprise power surge last night, hammering two home runs in his third MLB game and leading the Cubs to a 6-2 victory in Denver. If the goal of calling Baez up during the Coors Field series was to build up his confidence... mission accomplished. Great job kid. Don't get cocky.
8/6/2014 by KDaddy
Making his MLB debut against the Rockies in Colorado, Javier Baez went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts before homering in the 12th inning to provide the go-ahead, and eventual game-winning run for the visiting Cubs.
8/4/2014 by KDaddy
And so it begins. Javier Baez is on his way to Denver for Tuesday's game against the Rockies. Baez, who's probably the team's best shortstop option, is more likely to play second base for now, deferring to the more-senior Starlin Castro. He leaves fellow super-prospects Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler behind in AAA Iowa for now, under the capable tutelage of hitting coach Manny Ramirez. Unless Baez melts down completely, he won't return to the minors.
5/30/2014 by KDaddy
Cubs phenom Javier Baez has been named the PCL Offensive Player of the Week, after slashing .400/.419/.900 from May 19th to 25th.
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.