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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%: 37/1 | Average Draft Position: 176.19
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Report: Cubs dangle top middle infielders in Cole Hamels talks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) The Cubs are offering standout prospect Javier Baez and established shortstop Starlin Castro in an attempt to land Phillies prized pitcher Cole Hamels, a team executive has told ESPN.com senior baseball writer Jayson Stark.

Stark added, however, that the Phillies are not enthralled with either player. But the Cubs remain determined in their efforts to trade for Hamels.

"I don't think they'll be in the rental market," the executive who has spoken to the Cubs told Stark. "So the value to them, with Hamels, is the three years [left on his contract]. This isn't just about selling out to go for the wild card. It's about getting ahead of [the free-agent ace market] this winter."


Cubs prospect Javier Baez (finger) closer to playing in games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2015) Cubs infielder Javier Baez is doing baseball activities and could begin a rehab assignment later this week, the team announced Tuesday. He has been sidelined since June 7 due to a fractured finger.

Cubs prospect Javier Baez cleared to swing a bat


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) Cubs prospect Javier Baez, who has been sidelined since June 7 due to a fractured finger, has been cleared to swing a bat and perform baseball activities. However, there is no timetable for his return to game action, general manager Jed Hoyer said Friday.

Cubs prospect Javier Baez to begin rehab in Arizona


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Cubs prospect Javier Baez posted on Instagram on Wednesday he is headed to the team's complex in Arizona to begin his rehab from a fractured finger, which he suffered June 7, per MLB.com.

Baez was expected to miss 4-8 weeks after suffering the injury.


Cubs prospect Javier Baez out 4-8 weeks with finger injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Cubs premier infield prospect Javier Baez will be sidelined approximately 4-8 weeks with a fracture of the left ring finger sustained in a Triple-A game Sunday, per ESPN.

He will be re-evaluated to determine a more exact timeline for his absence.

Baez sustained the injury sliding head first into second base on a successful steal attempt. He was taken to the hospital for x-rays.

Baez boasts a .314 average with eight home runs and seven stolen bases for Iowa.


Cubs prospect Javier Baez to give third base a try


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) Cubs prospect Javier Baez is getting ready to play yet another new position with Triple-A Iowa. Baez, who has been splitting time between shortstop and second base, will make a start at third base at some point in the near future,  Cubs director of player development Jaron Madison told The Des Moines Register

The Cubs have been searching for a way to have Baez, Starlin Castro, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant in the lineup together. And, with Bryant getting looks in left field for the Cubs, moving Baez to third could be the final piece to that puzzle. Baez has reportedly already started taking grounders at the hot corner.

Baez has been red hot at the plate with Iowa. Over his last 10 games, the 2011 first-round draft pick is batting .351 (13 for 37) with four home runs and 12 RBI. He's still striking out at a high clip, with nine punchouts in that 10-game span.

The team has not declared when they expect to bring Baez back up to Chicago.


Cubs may use Javier Baez at designated hitter


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) The Cubs will play interleague road games in a week. The trip to A.L. parks means that the team needs to sort through candidates to play designated hitter. 

"We have some ideas and thoughts,” manager Joe Maddon said, per ESPN. “We’ll see how it plays."

The Cubs may call up a prospect to take the at bats at DH, and Javier Baez is a candidate.

Baez was the team's 2011 first-round draft pick. He's hitting .306 with five home runs and 21 RBI at Triple-A. 

"Javier is doing better,” Maddon said. “I hear a lot of good things about him." Baez was a spring cut after striking out too much. He has 32 this year. 

Despite hitting .327 with 12 home runs at Double-A, 2014 first-rounder Kyle Schwarber isn't going to get the call. 

"I heard that (outfielder Chris Denorfia) is doing better,” Maddon said. “I’m not sure if (Tommy La Stella) would be ready by that time. But no we haven’t talked about Schwarber yet."


Cubs pushing for consistency from prospect Javier Baez


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Cubs vice president of player development Jason McLeod isn't considering a promotion for prospect Javier Baez anytime soon, according to ESPN.com.

Baez, who primarily plays second base, is also not being considered for a move to the outfield as of yet, according to McLeod. Baez is one of Chicago's top prospects and is hitting .322 with 17 RBI in 90 at-bats for Triple-A Iowa this season.


Cubs happy 2B Javier Baez 'calming things down' at plate


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) It's all good at the moment for Cubs premier second base prospect Javier Baez. He't not trying to hit home runs at Triple-A Iowa, but baseballs are flying over the fence anyway.

The Cubs wanted Baez to stop swinging for the downs, which led to too many strikeouts in his stint with the team a year ago. He slugged two home runs Sunday, giving him five on the season, but his strikeouts are indeed down. He has 24 in 87 at-bats, which is still disturbing, but far off the pace he set last year.

"Both (home run at-bats Sunday), he laid off borderline pitches before getting good pitches to hit," Iowa batting coach Brian Harper said via milb.com. "That's the key for Javy. What he's done the most lately is not overswinging. He's not trying to hit 800-foot home runs any more. He's just trying to hit 350 to 400-foot home runs, that's all. He's working really hard to calming things down."

Baez owns a slash line of .322/.404/.540. He has fanned in 24.2 percent of his plate appearances, down from 30 percent a year ago.


Rival executive: Cubs willing to deal prospects Baez, Vogelbach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Cubs appear willing to trade prospects Javier Baez and Dan Vogelbach, a rival executive told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The executive suggests it is partly because both players were drafted by a previous regime.

However, Heyman writes the reality is there are issues with Baez and Vogelbach. Baez is working on cutting down his strikeouts and getting rid of the perception he "doesn't make contact," according to one rival's assessment. One scout said Vogelbach is a "30 fielder," using scout parlance for well-below average on the 20-80 scale.

Vogelbach was the Cubs' minor-league player of the month for April. The first baseman has a .328/.449/.515/.964 slash line through 39 games for Double-A Tennessee. He has a career .289/.382/.485/.867 slash line. He was a second-round pick in 2011.

Baez was sent to the minors after struggling in spring training. He missed some time due to a personal leave, but the former top-10 prospect has a .284/.369/.405/.774 slash line through 20 games for Triple-A Iowa. He has 22 strikeouts in 20 games.


Cubs' Joe Maddon on Javier Baez: 'He's always on the radar'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Cubs infielder Javier Baez has settled into an offensive groove at Triple-A Iowa. Although he has 10 strikeouts in his last 10 games, he is also batting .351 (13 for 37) with one home run, seven RBI, five runs, four walks and four stolen bases in that span.

One person who has noticed Baez's surge is Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

“Of course, he’s on the radar,” Maddon said, per CSNChicago.com. “He’s always on the radar. I just heard that he’s doing better. Those little updates on the scoreboard during the game -- I read them once in awhile and I noticed that he’s had some really nice games.

“I ask (about him). Apparently, the at-bats have gotten better regarding taking and accepting his walks and striking out less. I just heard everything’s been really good. I don’t know what we feel specifically (about) where he’s at (now). I don’t really dig on that question. But I know that he’s doing well.

“When is he going to get here? I’m not 100 percent sure. But everything’s going well right now.”


Scout: Cubs prospect Javier Baez 'needs a change of scenery'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) One scout told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman that Cubs prospect Javier Baez is getting lost in the shuffle among all the elite prospects in the team's system. 

"He needs a change of scenery," the scout said.

Baez did not have a great MLB debut in 2014, batting .169 with 95 strikeouts in 52 games. He struggled this spring and was sent to the minors. He missed some time due to a personal leave, but he is batting .259 with one home run, two doubles and two RBI in seven games for Triple-A Iowa.

Baez was considered a top-10 prospect in 2014 by Baseball America (No. 5) and MLB.com (No. 7).


Cubs' Baez makes season debut at Triple-A on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) Cubs prospect Javier Baez made his season debut at Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, according to The Des Moines Register. Baez had been away from the team on bereavement since April 9, following the death of his sister.

Baez hit third in the lineup Thursday and played second base. 


Report: Cubs 2B prospect Baez expected back Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Cubs premier second base prospect Javier Baez is expected to return to extended spring training Thursday after a bereavement period following the death of his sister, per ESPN.

Baez had opened the season with Triple-A Iowa, managing just nine hits in 52 at-bats with 20 strikeouts. He has not played since April 9. He struggled in the big leagues a year ago, compiling a .169/.227/.324 slash line in 213 at-bats with the Cubs.


Joe Maddon: Javier Baez could be close to joining Triple-A club


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated that infielder Javier Baez could be close to rejoining the minor-league club, according to MLB.com.

Baez began his 2015 campaign in extended spring training after collecting just nine hits in 52 at-bats while striking out 20 times. He has been on bereavement leave from Triple-A Iowa since April 9 following the passing of his sister.

"From our perspective, we want him to take as much time as necessary," Maddon said.


Joe Maddon favors sending Cubs INF Javier Baez to extended spring


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that although it hasn't been discussed, sending infielder Javier Baez to extended spring is a good idea, according to the Chicago Tribune

Baez has been on bereavement leave from Triple-A Iowa since April 9 following the passing of his sister. 

It was initially thought that Baez would begin the season with the big club but struggled to make an impact during spring training.


Cubs prospect Javier Baez takes bereavement leave of absence


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Cubs shortstop Javier Baez will take a bereavement leave of absence from Triple-A Iowa to mourn the death of his 21-year-old sister Noely, who was born with spina beifida, per the team's official website The Cubs released the following statement:

"As many of you know, Javy and Noely shared a wonderfully close and special relationship. Javy will take a leave of absence from the Iowa Cubs to be with his family during this difficult time. Understandably, Javy has asked for privacy while he and his family mourn, and we ask Cubs fans to join us in keeping the Baez family in their thoughts and prayers."

Iowa will open the season Thursday night at Memphis.


Cubs option Javier Baez, reassign Kris Bryant, Addison Russell


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Cubs cut three of their key young players from major-league camp Monday, optioning infielder Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa and reassigning third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell to minor-league camp.

“I have a feeling they’ll be back at the right time and help us win a lot of games over the next many years," Cubs president Theo Epstein said, per CSNChicago.com.

Baez was initially expected to open the season as the team's starting second baseman after racking up 213 at-bats in his rookie season in 2014. He hit just .169/.227/.324 with nine home runs, 20 RBI and five stolen bases last season but also struck out 95 times. Baez struggled to make an impact at the plate this spring, collecting just nine hits in 52 at-bats while striking out 20 times.

"He’s so close to getting it figured out in the batter’s box. But we just feel like Triple-A is the right forum for him," Epstein said. "We all agree that Javy is an extremely talented player, who’s going to be a big part of this organization for a long time."

Bryant has been one of the best hitters in either spring-training league in 2015, going 17 for 40 with nine home runs and 15 RBI. He is expected to make his major-league debut during 2015. Russell, the biggest name from the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to Oakland last season, hit .324/.359/.486 with one home run in 37 spring at-bats.

"We’re more likely to get (Bryant) sooner than later at this point with how he’s playing and how close he showed (he is to majors)," Epstein said. "He’s really close to being not just in the big leagues, but to playing an important role on the team."

With Baez and Bryant out of the picture, the Cubs will likely choose between Arismendy Alcantara, Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella for playing time at second base and third base.


Cubs' Javier Baez shaken up after collision at second base Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was in the middle of a nasty collision Friday at second base while trying to turn a double play. It looked bad enough manager Joe Maddon was a bit nervous Baez may have suffered a serious injury, reports MLB.com.

"I asked him when was the last time a Puerto Rican had played in the NFL, because he just felt it right there," Maddon said of the crash with the Angels' Kole Calhoun on a double play. "[Baez] got smoked. I didn't know what was wrong with him, but he got hammered. I loved it."

Baez remained in the game and turned the double play. It is unknown yet whether Baez will make the final roster for Opening Day.


Cubs IF Javier Baez not a lock for 25-man roster


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Although Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been impressed by the play of Javier Baez, he has yet to decide if he will make the team's 25-man roster, according to mlbblogs.com. 

“I have no idea where that came from,” Maddon said. “That hasn’t been decided yet,” regarding reports that Baez was going to make the roster.

Baez is struggling this spring, going 5 for 39 with 14 strikeouts. Maddon talks about the possibility of sending him down to the Minor Leagues.

“There are the occasions where sometimes it works in reverse,” Maddon said. “A guy like him, to go back and accept going back in Triple-A and getting it done there, he might renege at that thought and maybe you’re not going to get the full adjustment you’re looking for and it might take longer.

“If a guy fails at the Major League level and thinks he belongs in the Major Leagues and then knows he failed, if he goes back, it might be easier to get the point across.”


Maddon: Cubs accept Javier Baez is going to strike out a lot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) If there is one thing the Cubs have definitely learned about infielder Javier Baez is that he swings and misses a lot. Baez struck out 350 times in 319 games in the minors, he struck out 95 times in 52 games as a rookie in 2014 and already has 13 strikeouts in 12 games this spring.

It appears the Cubs have accepted Baez will always have a high strikeout rate, but as long as he excels in other areas, they can live with it.

"He's always going to strike out," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. "It's not even about strikeouts, it's about organizing his strike zone a little better. ... If he could somehow get to be a better decision-maker and then test that forceful swing he's got in the strike zone, let's see what happens there."


Cubs' Maddon: Javier Baez 'no lock' to make team


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that infielder Javier Baez is not assured of making the Opening Day roster, MLB.com reports.

"Of course, there’s a chance he doesn’t make the team," Maddon said. "There’s no lock in regard to that. The entitlement program doesn’t exist — everything has to be earned."

Baez was just 3 for 26 at the plate with one home run and seven strikeouts entering Thursday.

"He has things he has to learn how to do yet," Maddon said. "He shows signs of brilliance at times. To this point, he’s had a lot of good at-bats and hit some balls hard. Then he’ll show the out of control swing that bothers him a little bit, and I think it bothers the fans more than it bothers me. It’s a young guy trying to figure this all out. [He has] sterling bat speed, incredible bat speed. He just needs plate appearances."

Despite his struggles at the plate, Baez earned his manager's praise for other aspects of his game.

"The thing nobody talks about is this guy is a really good baseball player," Maddon said. "His defense is spectacular, baserunning is outstanding. His acumen on the field is well beyond his years. The thing that’s lagging is the adjustment at the plate. Of course, he needs to get better, of course he needs to make adjustments."


Cubs' Maddon: Javier Baez 'thinking too much'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that infielder Javier Baez needs to relax, MLB.com reports.

"He’s thinking too much,” Maddon said. "He’s getting a lot of information from all of us. I think sometimes it’s our fault. I want us to leave him alone and let him play. I’m not concerned. The guy cares so much. As we continue along, you’ll see him make adjustments and become more comfortable."

Maddon is repeating the message he gave the young infielder when he traveled to Puerto Rico to introduce himself in January.

"Smile and relax a little bit, use the middle of the field," Maddon said. "I think sometimes when a hitter is struggling, they go up to the plate and they see everything as opposed to 'Let’s get this ball and take it right back to where it came from.' Those are better thoughts as opposed to 'Are my feet OK? Are my hands OK?' That’s the stuff that gets you in trouble."

Maddon said that Baez is "a very, very strong candidate" to start at second base but would not call him a lock at the position.


Cubs' Javier Baez still having issues with strikeouts


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Cubs infielder Javier Baez is still having issues with strikeouts, according to FoxSports.com.

Baez is currently playing in winter ball, where he's struck out in 21 of his 43 at-bats. Strikeouts were a major issue for Baez once he was promoted last season. The 22-year-old posted a 41.5 percent strikeout rate through 213 at-bats with the Cubs. 

Baez is currently involved in the playoffs, where he's been dropped from second to seventh in the lineup. 


Cubs infielder Javier Baez working on improving timing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) The Cubs have been impressed with how infielder Javier Baez trained this offseason after he hit .169 in 52 games in 2014. Baez, who has been playing winter ball in Puerto Rico, has also lost 15 pounds since the end of the 2014 season.

"His approach to the game and to practice has been really good all winter," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said of Baez, per MLB.com. "He's been showing up to the park [in Puerto Rico] early and working to get better. He's been playing the game hard, he's been playing good defense, he's been staying focused and helping his team win."

Cubs hitting coach John Mallee spent five days working with Baez in Puerto Rico.

"My timing was really late, so that's why I wasn't getting to the fastball and other pitches," Baez said of what he learned from film sessions. "I'm working on getting the timing back and we'll see what happens from there."