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70 Javier Baez SS
Height/Weight: 6-0/190 | Birthdate: 12/1/1992 | Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 47/1 | Average Draft Position: 233.24
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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.


Javier Baez gets first chance to play second base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez started at second base during Monday's split-squad game against the A's. Baez hasn't played regularly at second base since his freshman year in high school.

"I’m just ready for anything," Baez said Monday, per MLB.com. "I just want to play second. We’ll see how it goes today."


Javier Baez hits third spring home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez survived his team's latest round of camp cuts then hit his third home run of the season in Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

The home run was part of a 1-for-3 performance for Baez, who is 7 for 21 with three solo homers to his credit this spring. The highly-touted prospect won't break camp with the team, but he's certainly doing nothing to temper expectations down the road.


Javier Baez close to being game ready at 2B and 3B


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said shortstop prospect Javier Baez is close to appearing in a spring game at second or third base.

"We're going to make sure when we put him there he's really comfortable and confident he can handle that side of the diamond," Renteria said, per ESPN. "I think he's pretty close. It's going to happen, sure."

Baez is expected to remain at shortstop when he begins the season at Triple-A Iowa. However, he could move to second or third base upon his MLB debut. Starlin Castro is blocking his path at shortstop at the major-league level.

"We talked about it today," Baez said. "They told me eventually I'm going to play third or second soon. That's what we're working on. I'm ready for whatever they want me to do. I'm feeling more comfortable there (at second.)"


Javier Baez hits first spring home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) With Cubs starting shortstop Starlin Castro sidelined for a least a week with a hamstring injury, shortstop prospect Javier Baez went 2 for 3 with a second-inning solo home run in his team's 4-2 win over the Brewers Monday.

"Middle-away and up. It was a good pitch to swing at," Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada said. "I was just trying to throw strikes and get ahead of everybody. He's strong to go right-center like that. It's impressive."

Ranked No. 5 overall and No. 7 overall on the top-prospect lists of Baseball America and MLB.com, respectively, Baez also delivered a nice running catch in left field in the first inning. He's blocked at the major-league level with Castro under contract long-term, but it's a good problem to have for the Cubs.


Consistent offensive approach key for Cubs' top prospects


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Cubs senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting Jason McLeod outlined to MLB Network Radio Tuesday what it would take for prospects Kris Bryant and Javier Baez to debut in 2014.

"They need to be consistent offensively in their approach, and the quality of plate appearances," McLeod said.


Javier Baez ticketed for Triple-A to start 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Cubs senior vice president of player development Jason McLeod said shortstop prospect Javier Baez will be the starting shortstop for Triple-A Iowa at the start of the 2014 season, according to the Chicago Tribune

Baez is considered the Cubs' top prospect by Baseball America. He is batting .286 with a .342 on-base percentage, .562 slugging percentage and .903 OPS in 215 minor-league games.


Javier Baez sticking at shortstop for now


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2013) Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Thursday that the team is not ready to move prospect Javier Baez off the shortstop position, MLB.com reports.

"I think it’ll be an easy transition for him if and when that time comes," Epstein said. "He hasn’t even reached Triple-A yet. There’s plenty of time to do it. You don’t want to take shortstop away from a kid. Once you move off shortstop, it’s really hard to move back.

"There may be a time in the future when he moves on a permanent basis, and there may be time when we move just to give him versatility. In Spring Training, he’ll play plenty of shortstop and that might be a time to move him around as well.”

Baez hit .282/.341/.578 with 37 home runs, 111 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 517 at-bats between high Class A and Double-A last season.


Marlins, Cubs could look into trading prospects


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/13/2013) According to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, the Marlins and Cubs are considering talks regarding a trade of some of their top prospects.

The pitching-heavy Marlins may be willing to part with some of their young hurlers, including major leaguers Jacob Turner, Henderson Alvarez and Nate Eovadi as well as prospects Andrew Heaney , Justin Nicolino , Adam Conley and Jose Urena and late-season callup Brian Flynn. In return, they would likely target one or more of the Cubs' top hitting prospects, including Kris Bryant , Javier Baez , Albert Almora and Jorge Soler .


Javier Baez skipping Arizona Fall League


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez will not take part in the Arizona Fall League this offseason, Comcast SportsNet reports. Instead, Baez will rest and prepare for spring training.

Baez is coming off a season in which he hit .282/.341/.578 with 37 home runs, 111 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 517 at-bats between high Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He's blocked at the major-league level by Starlin Castro, who is signed through 2019.


Javier Baez wins Cubs Minor League Player of the Year


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez has been named the club's Minor League Player of the Year.

Baez managed to jump two levels, hitting .282/.341/.578 in 517 at-bats. He finished the year at Double-A Tennessee. 


Javier Baez has monster August at Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez capped August with his 14th multi-hit game of the month Saturday for Double-A Tennessee. Baez hit .357 with a .661 slugging percentage, 1.059 OPS, eight home runs, 11 doubles and 30 RBI in 29 August games.

Baez is batting .295 with a .633 slugging percentage, .982 OPS, 14 doubles, 19 home runs and 51 RBI in 52 games since his promotion from Class A Daytona.


Cubs to consider position switch for Javier Baez this offseason


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) The Cubs will discuss moving top prospect Javier Baez off the shortstop position this offseason, ESPN Chicago reports.

"That is something this offseason we're going to have to get together as an organization and discuss it," Cubs scouting director Jason McLeod told ESPN Wednesday. "First of all where is he going to play this winter and then do we incorporate third base, second base, some other positions for him just so he has the experience? I'm sure as we get into spring training next year you'll see him taking ground balls at other positions just to see what it looks like."

Baez has hit .273/.333/.612 with 11 home runs, 27 RBI and five stolen bases in 121 at-bats with Double-A Chattanooga. However, he is blocked at the shortstop position at the major league level by Starlin Castro, who is signed through 2019.