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Cubs prospect Javier Baez back in action at AAA Iowa after missing one week with sore ankle

Apr 20, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT

javier baez getty AP’s Carrie Muskat reports that Cubs top shortstop prospect Javier Baez is back in the lineup Sunday afternoon at Triple-A Iowa after missing a little over a week with soreness in his left ankle.

He will serve as the designated hitter on Sunday but should be allowed to return to short early this week.

Baez was off to a slow start this year for the Iowa Cubs, batting just .154 with 10 strikeouts in 26 at-bats. He hit .310 with five home runs in 42 at-bats this spring in the Cactus League and tallied 37 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and 111 RBI in 130 games last season between High-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee.

Regarded by most ranking services as one of the top five prospects in baseball, the 21-year-old former first-round pick (ninth overall in 2011) is likely to reach the major league level at some point this summer.

  1. derklempner - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    It would be nice to see Baez bounce back and prove his slow start was due to an injury. The big league team needs as much help as they can get this year.

    • nikedunks13 - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      He sprained his ankle after his slow start..

  2. nottinghamforest13 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Was Ryne Sandburg the last Cubs prospect to go on to have a truly meaningful & generally healthy career? Exclude Maddux as he was a Brave when in his peak. Think about it.

    • jwbiii - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Mark Grace maybe? It’s been a pretty long run of Sam Fulds and Corey Pattersons.

    • jwbiii - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      And of course, there’s this

    • muckey - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Ryne Sandberg was more of a Phillies prospect. jwbiii is probably right that it was Mark Grace. He had a pretty good career.

  3. disgracedfury - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    All those day games.Let your players rest until the next game.Will say Javier Baez is a scary player and I hope he doesn’t fall in the Cubs curse of players like the Mets(where Hall of Famers or potential hall of famers careers go to die)

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