|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|
|Last 10 Games|
Cubs' Javier Baez to begin winter ball shortly
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(12/3/14) Cubs infielder Javier Baez is set to begin playing winter ball shortly, according to MLB.com.
The 22-year-old Baez will begin games December 11. He had a brief audition with the Cubs last year, hitting .169/.227/.324 over 213 at-bats. Baez is projected to open the season as the team's second baseman.
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.
|2014 summary: Javier Baez made it plain as he rose through the Cubs' farm system that he could crush minor league pitching, but he had yet to prove he could make consistent contact. At Triple-A Iowa, Baez raised doubts about his readiness for the majors through much of the season, but in 20 post-All-Star break games, he hit .342 with 20 strikeouts in 76 at-bats. That earned Baez his first big league promotion, and he responded by hitting three home runs in his first three games. Over the waning weeks of the season, the powerful blasts came less often for Baez, and the strikeouts piled up. Baez finished with nine home runs in just 52 games, but he batted .169 with 95 strikeouts in 213 at-bats.|
Playing time status: Despite a poor finish, the Cubs are expected to turn to Baez once again to be their starting second baseman. Though he may not play much shortstop in 2015, based on the 25 games he played there in 2014, he will be eligible there all season.
2015 outlook: Even with substantial improvement in his strikeout rate, Baez could struggle to stay above the Mendoza Line. Barring an utter collapse, Baez will still be a must-own in standard mixed Rotisserie leagues, as he can provide run production, double-digit steals and, of course, home run power. He's a mid-to-late round option in those formats, while he is strictly a late-rounder in standard mixed points leagues.
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