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Cubs will have Javier Baez start at second base soon

Mar 15, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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The Cubs will start Javier Baez at second base on either Monday or Tuesday, according to Cubs manager Rick Renteria. The report comes from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Baez, rated the fourth overall best prospect by Baseball Prospectus, has played exclusively at shortstop throughout his three-year professional career. As Wittenmyer notes, it would be Baez’s first start at second base since high school. With Starlin Castro already at shortstop, the Cubs have comparatively more flexibility at second base with Darwin Barney.

Baez, 21, has already survived a round of cuts and despite never having played above Double-A, he has a legitimate chance to make the Cubs’ 25-man roster.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    But wait, what about…..

    Umm….

    Seriously, are the Cubs still a major league team?

    • bigmeechy74 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:39 AM

      hilarious

  2. perryt200 - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    I don’t really understand why you got so many thumbs down. They are already projected by this site to come in 5th in the NL Central.

    And if the Astros were still there, 6th.

    • rythestunner - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:18 AM

      What exactly did the Astros do in the offseason to suddenly overcome the 15 game deficit they had to the Cubs last season?

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        That’s a good marketing scheme you got there.

        The Cubs: Not quite as bad as the Astros and with only $80,000,000 more in payroll.

  3. rythestunner - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:18 AM

    How does Baez have a legitimate chance to make the 25 man roster? I think it’s already been established by the front office that he would start the year in AAA, and you certainly do NOT want to rush him.

    • jmbic - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      No kidding. Even if they do think he’s ready, he’ll be held back for service time reasons. And, having him do the 2B conversion this late in the process rather than in winter ball makes it much easier to justify.

  4. cubsisles72 - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Because he’s good and if Trout and Harper can star at this level at their respective ages, why can’t Baez? Give them something to enjoy at Wrigley.

    • masher1965 - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Because the Cubs are not going to call him up before June. IF they want him to play 2nd base, that makes even more sense. However, the real reason is by waiting til then, ( I believe it is late June ) the Cubs have one more year of contractual control over him.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Baez still needs to work on his plate discipline.

  5. doctornature - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Gooden was young. Trout and Harper. Joe Nuxhall, Talent will play.At any age, if you can do it, let him play. You can always send him down if he looks over matched

  6. yourcubreporter - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    It could be that Renteria is lighting a fire under Barney’s ass… I love his glove, but that BA has to improve.

    And if Baez can play, then he should play.

    @yourcubreporter

  7. sfm073 - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Poor kid! If he played on any other team he might go onto being an All Star, but as a cub he’ll be washed up and playing for the royals in 5 years.

  8. masher1965 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I think the move to 2nd is a way to get him up by June, he isn’t going to make the club out of spring training. He has never played an inning in triple A plus , and the main reason( and probably the smartest ) by waiting til then, the Cubs get 1 more year of contractual control over Baez. Let’s be honest, the extra time isn’t a big deal anyway , not this year. As for “lighting a fire “under Barney, well, I am afraid you set fire to wet ashes. Barney simply isn’t a hitter

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