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9 Javier Baez 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/190 | Birthdate: 12/1/1992 | Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 83/60 | Average Draft Position: 233.10
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Hitters to sit in Week 25


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Thinking about starting Carl Crawford, Kurt Suzuki, Mike Napoli, Rougned Odor, Trevor Plouffe or Javier Baez in Fantasy Week 25 (Sept. 15-21)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Jorge Soler has standard mixed league value


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(8/26/2014) 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
(8/18/2014) 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
(8/13/2014) 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.


Javier Baez leaves the yard twice in win over Colorado


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Cubs infielder Javier Baez continued to swing a hot bat at Coors Field Thursday afternoon, leaving the yard twice in his team's 6-2 victory over the Rockies.

Baez launched a solo home run off starter Yohan Flande in the sixth inning before taking Juan Nicasio deep for a two run shot in the eighth. He also added a run-scoring single in the third and finished the game 3 for 4 with two runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .286 with three homers and five RBI in 14 at-bats.

Javier Baez making an immediate impression


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/7/2014) After the show he put on in Denver Thursday, which included another opposite-field shot, I think it's safe to say Javier Baez is going to hit a lot of home runs, which I understand isn't a revelatory statement, but you just never know how a prospect will transition to the big leagues until he actually does it.

Now, he may only hit .230 given how often he strikes out, but if he performs at a 30-homer pace the rest of the way, that makes him something like another Ian Desmond.

Any Fantasy owner would take that at shortstop. Unless the Cubs do something radical like move Starlin Castro this offseason, this is the last year Baez is eligible there, so take advantage. I understand he's already 79 percent owned, so maybe the word is already out, but that's still less than Jhonny Peralta, Jean Segura and Alcides Escobar.

Folks, he's better than that.


Javier Baez delivers game-winning hit in MLB debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Cubs infielder Javier Baez was having a pretty rough MLB debut Tuesday at Colorado before one swing of the bat made it a memorable evening.

Baez was hitless in his first five MLB at-bats, which included three strikeouts, but the highly touted prospect delivered the game-winning hit in the top of the 12th with a home run off Boone Logan leading off the inning.

''I faced him before and he threw me all curveballs,'' Baez said. ''He's got a good curveball so I wasn't sitting on the curveball, I was trying to hit a fastball.''

Baez nearly had his first hit in the seventh inning, but his hard drive to right field was caught to end the inning.

''He had a few strikeouts, but it wasn't for anxiousness,'' Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. ''He didn't seem anxious at all. He got the first pitch he can hit and drove it.''


Javier Baez already ranks high at shortstop


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/5/2014) OK, now that you've had more than 24 hours to mull over his promotion, you've gone ahead and added Javier Baez in Fantasy, right? Right?

His ownership rate has risen 27 percent from last week to this week, so by and large, the answer is yes. Still, he remains unowned in 27 percent of leagues.

I wonder how many of those leagues have fewer than 12 teams? And of that group, I wonder how many use a standard Head-to-Head lineup (which doesn't require a third middle infielder) as opposed to a standard Rotisserie lineup?

I hope it's somewhere close to 100 percent, because after spending the last several hours catching up my rankings after a week off (amazing how much can change during that time), Baez checks in at 11th among shortstops ... before even playing a major-league game. 

Does he deserve it? Well, he's the kind of prospect whose fame precedes him. Never did his ownership rate drop below 44 percent this season, and that was with him struggling most of the year at Triple-A Iowa. Slow starts have been the norm for him at every level, though, and sure enough, in his final 30 games there, he hit .310 with 12 homers and a 1.063 OPS.

Could he pull a Jon Singleton, striking out every other at-bat (or close to it) as once again struggles to adjust? It's possible. But at the most critical point in the season, a player with Giancarlo Stanton-like power has just entered the player pool at the weakest position in Fantasy. I'd say who doesn't own Troy Tulowitzki, Hanley Ramirez, Dee Gordon or Ian Desmond will want to roll the dice.


Javier Baez batting second in major-league debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Cubs shortstop Javier Baez is in the lineup batting second and playing second base for his major league debut against the Rockies Tuesday.

Baez, the team's top prospect, was hitting .260/.323/.510 in 104 games at Triple-A Iowa before getting the call. 


Javier Baez worth a flier in nearly all formats


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(8/4/2014) The Cubs announced they are planning on calling up Javier Baez for Tuesday's game at Coors Field, and Fantasy owners in the vast majority of leagues need to prepare to take action. Not every prospect is worth a claim upon their arrival in the majors, but as with George Springer and Gregory Polanco, owners in nearly all Fantasy formats need to report to their waiver wire ASAP.

Baez isn't shaping up to be as complete of a player as either Springer or Polanco. He is not the stolen base threat that Springer could be (though that potential has yet to be realized), and to say Baez lacks Polanco's plate discipline is a gross understatement. However, Baez has tremendous power, especially for someone who will be shortstop-eligible. With his first series to occur in Colorado, Baez could start paying dividends very quickly.

He heated up in July, posting a .300/.344/.655 slash line at Triple-A Iowa, but Baez didn't solve his contact problems, as he struck out in 29 of his 110 at-bats. That actually represents progress, but owners should still expect some struggles in the transition to the majors.

Even though Baez could be a liability for batting average, his raw power makes him worth picking up in 12-team mixed leagues. Maybe he won't produce as much as typical waiver options like Jhonny Peralta, Asdrubal Cabrera or Yangervis Solarte, but his ceiling is so much higher that he is worth the gamble. It's also likely that Baez will soon gain eligibility at second base, and he could represent an upgrade over widely-owned options like Jed Lowrie, Martin Prado and Aaron Hill.


Report: Cubs ready to promote Javier Baez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Cubs infield propsect Javier Baez is expected to be promoted to the majors Tuesday, a team source told 670 The Score. 

Baez is batting .260 with a .510 slugging percentage and .833 OPS in 104 games for Triple-A Iowa. He also has 23 home runs, 24 doubles and 80 RBI.

Baez has been playing particularly well since the start of July. He hit .300 with nine doubles, 10 homers and 32 RBI in 29 July games. He hit two home runs Sunday for Iowa.


Trade no impetus for Javier Baez promotion


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The deal that shipped starting second baseman Emilio Bonifacio from the Cubs to Atlanta will not result in the promotion of prized prospect Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa, according to ESPN.

Baez had been productive at that level. He owns a stat line of .255/.313/.491 with 20 home runs and 76 RBI in 393 at-bats. He has four home runs in his last nine games.


Cubs pleased with how Javier Baez has bounced back


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer tried to downplay Tuesday the significance of prospect Javier Baez moving from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa.

"The Baez second-base thing is really more big-picture than anything else," Hoyer said, per CSN Chicago. "We want to increase his versatility. We thought it was the right thing to do to start putting him there. ... These moves are not connected.

"We went into the year thinking we would move him around a bit earlier, and he struggled offensively. We thought it was going to be the wrong time to have this guy worry about a defensive change. (So) we held off on it, and really waited until he got going offensively. We’re pretty proud of what he’s done this year. In some ways, it’s been ideal for him."

Baez had a chance to be up in the majors by now, but a slow start offensively cost him that opportunity. Still, he looks like a potential September callup and has gotten on track offensively at Iowa. He hit .275 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 28 June games and is batting .275 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 18 July games.

"He really built on every single month, until the last three or four weeks, when he’s been outstanding. Hopefully, we’ll continue to see that trajectory. In the minor leagues, you want to see guys finishing strong. You want to see them conquer that level, and his ability to fight through what was a difficult start has been really impressive."


Javier Baez starting at second base Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez is starting at second base Thursday.

Baez is one of the team's better minor-league talents, but will see some time at second. The club already has Starlin Castro at short in the majors, and just acquired shortstop Addison Russell, so Baez could see time at other positions. 


The time to stash Javier Baez is now


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/5/2014) Disappointed that you didn't think to stash Oscar Taveras or Jon Singleton ahead of time now that they're up and contributing? Just be extra sure not to miss out on the next wave of prospects to get the call.

As I explain in the latest Prospects Report, my favorite of that wave (omitting the obvious Gregory Polanco) is Javier Baez, who offers outstanding power potential as a shortstop-eligible player.

His 2014 numbers are terrible, but a recent turnaround has him back in line to be the first of the Cubs' big-name prospects to break through, most likely at second or third base.

For more examples of prospects to stash in single-season formats, be sure to check out the column.


Javier Baez beginning to turn his season around


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez is heating up in a big way for Triple-A Iowa following a disappointing start. The 2011 first-round pick is batting .439 (18 for 41) with a .927 slugging percentage, 1.371 OPS, four home runs, eight doubles and 14 RBI in his last 10 games.

For the season, Baez is batting .225 with a .437 slugging percentage and .725 OPS in 39 games. He has one triple, seven home runs, nine doubles, 25 RBI, 22 runs, 12 walks, 56 strikeouts and four stolen bases.


Javier Baez needs to develop 'patience'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Following a 0-for-4 performance Tuesday, Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez saw his batting average drop to .147 in 27 games for Triple-A Iowa. 

“The biggest thing is he’s pressing a little bit, trying to do too much,” Cubs farm director Jaron Madison said, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

While most teams might panic after seeing one of their top prospects get off to such a poor start, Cubs manager Rick Renteria sees some upside in an early season slump.

"It’s really important for his development because now he’s got to [have] patience," Renteria said. "Believe it or not, those are positive things for us at this point. Patience is one of the things he’s going to have to have [in the big leagues]."


Javier Baez back in lineup for Triple-A Iowa


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez returned from the 7-day disabled list Sunday for Triple-A Iowa. He had been sidelined by a left ankle sprain.

Javier Baez on DL in minors with left ankle sprain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez went on the disabled list for Triple-A Iowa because of a left ankle sprain, reports MLB.com. Baez, who has not played since Thursday, is batting .154 (4 for 26) with two home runs and three RBI in eight games.

Baez is considered a top 10 prospect by Baseball America (No. 5) and MLB.com (No. 9).


Starlin Castro open to position change


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is open to moving to a different position if asked by the team, CSNChicago.com reports. A Castro move could expedite prospect Javier Baez's ascension to the starting lineup.

"Yes, whatever it takes," Castro said. "If I need to move positions, I'm OK with that. If he is on our team and him being there helps the team win, then I am fine with that. I just want our team to win. That's it."

Cubs manager Ricky Renteria has said that Baez won't be moved off his natuarl shortstop position despite the team giving him some work at second base this spring.


Cubs not ready to move Javier Baez to 2B just yet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Cubs senior vice president of player development Jason McLeod reiterated Sunday during an interview with MLB Network Radio the team plans to have Javier Baez begin the season at shortstop for Triple-A Iowa.

"We want Javy to play short as long as possible. The plan is he will open the season playing shortstop," McLeod said. "As we get into the season, depending on how he is doing we'll have more discussions about Javy moving to the other side of the bag."

Baez was demoted to the minors Saturday, but not before putting on an impressive display this spring. He hit .310 (13 for 42) with a .738 slugging percentage, 1.048 OPS, three doubles, five home runs, five RBI and seven runs in 14 games. Unfortunately, he also struck out 13 times and did not draw a walk.


Impressive Javier Baez finally demoted by Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Cubs power-hitting shortstop prospect Javier Baez has been sent to minor league camp after an impactful spring in which he blasted five home runs in 42 at-bats.

The 21-year-old Baez left the game Friday with a left heel contusion. He will work in the minors at cutting down his strikeouts while gaining patience at the plate.


Javier Baez dealiing with bruised heel


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was removed from Friday's game against the White Sox due to a left heel contusion, 670thescore.com reports.

The injury is minor, and Baez should be cleared to return within the next few days. He went 1 for 3 Friday and has 13 hits, including five home runs, in 42 at-bats this spring.


Javier Baez removed from game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Promising Cubs shortstop Javier Baez left the game Friday and walked into the clubhouse with a trainer. There has been no word yet on a possible injury, though he seemed to walk off the field fine, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Javier Baez smacks fifth spring home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Cubs shortstop propsect Javier Baez went 1 for 2 and hit his fifth spring home run in Wednesday's 9-6 loss to the Rockies.

Baez has been flashing great power numbers this spring, but he has also struck out 12 times without drawing a walk while going 12 for 39 at the plate. He hit 37 home runs in 517 at-bats between high Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last season.