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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%: 52/2 | Average Draft Position: 176.15
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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."


Cubs' Javier Baez to begin winter ball shortly


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) 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
(9/30/2014) 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.

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.