|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||220.00||9.00||.236||21.00||19.00||6.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Milwaukee||36||7||1|| .237|| .333|| .194|
|vs Fiers (Career)||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs RHP||160||28||6|| .228|| .319|| .175|
|09/30/2014||Javier Baez, 2B CHC||Tyler Kolek, SP MIA|
Carlos Correa, SS HOU
|09/30/2014||Rafael Montero, SP NYM|
Javier Baez, 2B CHC
|Brett Lawrie, 3B TOR|
Dan Haren, SP LAD
Kris Medlen, SP ATL
Juan Lagares, CF NYM
Jarrod Parker, SP OAK
|09/29/2014||Javier Baez, 2B CHC||Ian Desmond, SS WAS|
|Last 10 Games|
|Cubs project Javier Baez to be opening day second baseman |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(9/30/14) Cubs president Theo Epstein told reporters Tuesday the team projects Javier Baez to be their opening day second baseman in 2015, according to CSNChicago.com.
|Jorge Soler has standard mixed league value |
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(8/26/14) The Cubs' callup of Jorge Soler has created instant Fantasy buzz, as he has become one of the five most-added outfielders in CBSSports.com leagues. He now boasts a 45 percent ownership rate, and it could -- and should -- rise even higher.
After missing much of the season's first half with a hamstring injury, Soler took both Double-A and Triple-A by storm, slugging .862 at the former level and .618 at the latter. In terms of sheer power, he may fall a little short of the standard set by teammate Javier Baez, but not by much. Soler should certainly demonstrate better contact skills than Baez and hit for a much higher average, at least in the .260s.
With Baez being shortstop-eligible, it's hardly a fair comparison, but it's completely fair to compare Soler with White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, who has been doing some nice work just across town. Garcia may not be able to sustain the power surge he has produced since returning from the disabled list, but I would have much more confidence in Soler putting up something close to the .483 slugging percentage Garcia currently owns over the rest of this season. Soler can also draw walks, so he could outdo Garcia in on-base percentage, even though I expect Garcia to post the higher batting average.
Because Garcia has more batting average upside and something of a major league track record, limited as it is, I have him ranked just ahead of Soler in both Head-to-Head and Rotisserie formats. That places Soler among the top 50 outfielders in both formats. While that clearly makes him viable in 12-team mixed Roto leagues, it leaves him as more of a borderline option in 12-team mixed Head-to-Head leagues. Maybe he doesn't make the cut for one of your three outfielder spots in those formats, but you could do worse in filling out your utility slot.
|Javier Baez already up to five HRs in 14 games |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(8/18/14) Cubs rookie infielder Javier Baez hit a no-doubter off Mets closer Jenrry Mejia in the ninth inning of Monday's game, securing a 4-1 win for Chicago with a two-run homer. It was his fifth home run in his 60th career at-bat.
With the home run, Baez joined Jason Kipnis as the only players in the last 100 years to hit at least five home runs as a second baseman in their first 14 career games, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
|Javier Baez slugs fourth home run Wednesday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(8/13/14) Cubs second baseman Javier Baez went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-2 win over the Brewers Wednesday.
Baez has managed to be productive for the Cubs in the early-going despite an ugly 13:0 K:BB ratio. Six of his 11 hits are for extra bases, including four home runs. He owns a .268/.268/.610 line in 41 at-bats.
|Any conversation about Javier Baez begins with his bat speed, which scouts have described as ridiculous. Ridiculous bat speed begets ridiculous power -- the kind that ties him for second in the minors with 37 homers, including four in one game. By all accounts, the guy can smoke the ball, which is especially exciting for Fantasy owners given the position he plays. Of course, he may not play there for long. The Cubs have Starlin Castro locked up long-term and Arismendy Alcantara a step ahead on the organizational ladder. Either could go to second base or perhaps even another team, but unless both relocate, Baez is probably destined for third base. That's less than ideal in Fantasy, but his power makes him a prized prospect either way. He's overaggressive, which could lead to some unfavorable Pedro Alvarez comparisons, but he's still young enough to outgrow it. The Cubs seem to be in no hurry to promote their top prospects, which is why you shouldn't count on seeing Baez this season, but if he puts on as much of a show this spring as he did last spring, the Cubs may relent midseason. With shortstop eligibility, Baez is an option even for mixed leagues, but you're not guaranteed a return on your investment in single-season formats.
(Updated 1/15/14) |
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