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Cubs prospect shortstop Javier Baez hit four home runs tonight

Jun 10, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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Cubs prospect shortstop Javier Baez did something with High-A Daytona tonight which has only happened 16 times in a major league game: He slugged four home runs.

Baez connected for a two-run homer in the first inning, a solo shot in the third, a three-run blast in the fifth and another solo homer in his final at-bat in the seventh. David Kaplan of notes that Baez is the second player in Florida State League history to hit four home runs in one game. Former Cubs prospect Ryan Harvey (2006) is the other. Of course, he never made it to the major leagues.

Baez, a first-round pick of the Cubs in 2011, was ranked as the No. 13 prospect by Baseball America this spring. The 20-year-old shortstop has tons of offensive potential, but his plate discipline needs work and he’s still a little rough around the edges defensively. He committed his 26th error of the season tonight.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    He has received a very attractive job offer at a local shoe store pending verification of his stats while at Polk High.

  2. pwt3 - Jun 11, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    This will be the last time you hear “Javier Baez” and “Ryan Harvey” in the same sentence.

    Kid definitely has to work on plate discipline and defense, but he’s a world class offensive player and should keep succeeding. What’s funny is that fans were quick to write him off when he was scuffling earlier this season (after scuffling late last season after his promotion to Daytona). He’s since solved the level, and is now crushing again.

  3. 13arod - Jun 11, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    i go to daytona cubs game a couple times a year and this guy plays good he need to work on defense

  4. fatediesel - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Cubs need to move Baez to second or third. He may be ready to play in MLB in another year but the Cubs already have Castro at shortstop and he’s signed through 2019.

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