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Cubs reassign top prospect Javier Baez to minor league camp

Mar 22, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT

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Cubs top prospect Javier Baez has drawn raves all spring for his quick bat and power potential, but the club announced this morning that he has been reassigned to minor league camp.

Baez hit .310 (13-for-42) with five home runs in 14 games during Cactus League play. However, he also struck out 13 times and failed to draw a walk. Today’s move isn’t unexpected, but the bruised right heel he suffered yesterday pretty much sealed it.

While Baez has been playing second base in recent days, fueling speculation that perhaps the Cubs were considering bringing him up to the majors earlier than anticipated, Cubs manager Rick Renteria told David Kaplan of that he’ll play shortstop in the minor leagues. Either way, there’s a good chance he’ll make his major league debut by midseason.

Baez, 21, batted .282 with 37 home runs and a .920 OPS over 130 games last season between High-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee and was recently ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the game by Baseball America.

  1. 13arod - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    this guy is good saw him play live a couple times future star

  2. baberuthslegs - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    What minor league team is he going to?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Designations now don’t mean anything until the respective seasons start. He can get sent to AAA for reasons like location, weather, etc while ST continues, only to get re-assigned to AA when that season starts.

    • txrngr34 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Supposedly triple-A Iowa.

  3. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I can’t wait to see this guy at Wrigley. There’s no reason he should start the season in the minors. He’s more than ready for the big leagues. Big time power hitter. Come on Theo!

    • wjarvis - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      I can’t wait to see him at Wrigley either, but I don’t think the Cubs have any intention of winning many games this year so any decisions they make are for long term interest not short term. The Cubs want another cheap year out of Baez and give Barney a chance to improve his stock. The Cubs have an asset in Barney’s glove, if he can improve his hitting then the Cubs can either trade him for better prospects or decide he’s now part of the core and move Baez to another position. Baez is good with the stick, but isn’t going to be winning any gold gloves, so if he has to move out of the middle infield it’s really not too big of a loss for the cubs.

  4. yourcubreporter - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Cubs are consistent with this move, said this was going to be the case all along. He needs some more work on the Ks, and on his fielding, but it is expected we could see him called up sooner rather than later.


  5. yourcubreporter - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    I’m really starting to like this kid!


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