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VIDEO: Javier Baez hits two home runs in his third major league game

Aug 7, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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Cubs rookie second baseman Javier Baez hit the go-ahead home run in his major league debut on Tuesday night and he put on a show this afternoon against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Baez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI as part of a 6-2 victory. The 21-year-old had an RBI single in the third inning before hitting a solo blast off the left-field foul pole in the sixth and a two-run homer to right field in the eighth. Check out the video of the impressive power display below.

Did you see Baez reach out to go opposite field on that second one? That’s just not fair. Even in Coors Field, that’s impressive. Cubs fans have reason to be excited here. They’ll get their first look at him at Wrigley Field tomorrow afternoon against the Rays.

  1. hojo20 - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I’d be impressed if he hit it in a different ballpark.

    • jwbiii - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Lots of players haven’t hit three home runs in their first three games at Coors.

      • jwbiii - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Ok, I got one on my third guess
        Todd Helton 13 games, Larry Walker 9, Dante Bichette 3

    • joshbcole - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Still impressive. He’s hit 2 out of his 3 homers to the opposite field. Coors is a hitter’s park for sure, but it’s not like someone (let alone a player in his 1st series in the majors) hitting 3 homers in a series at Coors is a regular occurrence.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Good thing they left him in the minors for that extra half season of work.

    Otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten Darwin Barney’s 2 HRs over 72 games.

    • 84cubs - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      What would that have done for the season as a whole?

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        What’s it going to do for next season?

        Or the one after that?

        *Cubbies gonna Cub*

      • 84cubs - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        So then why do you waste your time reading stories about the Cubs, if you know the outcome?

      • derklempner - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Because, 84cubs, if you read this site regularly, you’ll notice that whenever tfbuckfutter has something to write about the Cubs, it’s (almost?) always negative.

        Which is weird, because I don’t think tfbuckfutter is a Cardinals fan…

      • 84cubs - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Actually Cardinal fans usually give credit where credit is due. No, I suspect he is a White Sox fan. MOST of them act like jealous stepchildren when it comes to all things Cub. Including the broadcast both and front office.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Yes, if only they had called him up earlier, they wouldn’t be 13 games out of first place.

  3. kappy32 - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    That boy would look good donning the Orange & Blue of the NY Mets in 2015. The Cubs need young power pitching, and the Mets have it. The Mets need a young, power hitting SS, which the Cubs have 3 of. He is one of the very few players – Troy Tulowitzki included – that I would trade Noah Syndergaard for. A package of Syndergaard & Gee should be more than enough to get it done. It’s not everyday that you get the chance to land a consensus top 3 pitching prospect. Given the state of both team’s farm systems, they’re made for one another. I just hope a deal can be made & the Mets don’t settle for Castro & in insist on Baez.

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      I cannot see a scenario where the Cubs trade Baez for the players you mentioned, or even at all for that matter. The Cubs actually have a few guys on the MLB team that can pitch (Hendricks who pitched today is not terrible). They will sign a pitcher in free agency.

    • cubfan531 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Power has more value than pitching right now due to scarcity. Syndergaard’s a start on a Baez deal, but Dillon Gee doesn’t complete the deal by any means. Not for a middle infielder who could hit 40 homers a year.

    • jerze2387 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Baez is probably the most untouchable player on the Cubs roster. No way they deal him, bryant, or Rizzo. If they do trade for a pitcher, Theyll most likely deal Olt, Vitters, Brett Jackson, Szcuzr (spelling?), Mckinney, Soler, Almora or castro (in that order). I actually think Theo plans on keeping all the Position players and seeing hos it shakes out, then builds the pitching from FA and such. Literally all they need to address for the forseeable future is the pitching staff. theyre 2 deep on prospects at every single position

  4. Hard On For Harden - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    “A package of Syndergaard & Gee should be more than enough to get it done”

    According to who, you? Gotta love all these amateur John Sickels roaming around.

    • Uncle Charlie - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      You have to understand that Mets fans genuinely believe that Gee is good pitcher.

      • jerze2387 - Aug 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM

        Gee is decent. But even i gee was a geat pitcher, him and synderrgaard isnt even close to getting it done. baez is one of THE premier prospects, and the guy looks like hes quite likely to pan out (small sample size, but he hasnt seemed to miss a step at ANY point)

        Plus, I feel like pitching is going to go down in value. iven the increase in Tommy John ijuries, its such a risky proposition to gamble on a pitcher now. For lack of a better analogy, teams will be less likely to put all of their eggs in one basket so to speak, especially a basket that could very well develop a huge hole in the bottom.

        Just look at the returns for David Price and a halfway decent young pitcher in Cosart. Not as big of a return for pitching nowadays, even young prospcts and great established vets. Too risky.

      • mordecofe - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        It’s always funny seeing these kind of proposals. Maybe if you add DeGrom? Even then it’s iffy, I’d think.

  5. longhornpride05 - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    The Cubs are not looking for pitching prospects how do you people not understand that? I see mets fans talk about this all the time guess what? WE DONT WANT YOUR PITCHING. We’ll keep our bats as some will fail and others will succeed. Build an offense on very very cheap farm system talent and then you have all the money in the world to sign pitching through free agency. Plus we have Hendricks and Arrieta who are pitching well right now and both young. The Cubs have not dealt for a serious pitching prospect in years what makes you think we magically would start not at the cost of our top hitters? Get real.

    • jerze2387 - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Dont foget the cubs have their own pitching prospects in CJ edwards, Pierce Johnson, and Corey Black to go with Hendricks, Arrieta, Turner (who they just claimed), Straily, Doubront, Justin grimm, Dallas beeler. they have a few guys who can pan ot, and theyll fill te holes viafree agency or trading guys loke vogelbach. No need for any of the mets garbage

  6. wilmyers09 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    kappy32 dude the cubs have made clubs aware that they won’t trade baez but they are willing to trade castro

  7. mungman69 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Coors field? Everyone hits there. Check players’ stats home and away. Aren’t the Rockies in last place?

    The Cubs won’t win, they are the Cubs.

    • Uncle Charlie - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:30 AM

      I guess that’s why the Orioles have the most HRs in baseball. Or that Baez hit as many HRs in the series as the entire Rockies team. Otherwise excellent post :/

    • Wesley Clark - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Excellent logic! To sum up your thought process, “That happened on a MLB field between MLB teams, BUT yeah, it doesn’t count!”

    • 84cubs - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      So, if your so clairvoyant and know they won’t win, why do you read articles about them? Last I checked the South side still has a team.

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