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Javier Baez hit the ball really far again, trails only … Mandy Brooks?

Aug 22, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

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With a .216 batting average and 31 strikeouts in 18 games it may be a while before Cubs rookie Javier Baez figures out how to control the strike zone, but the 21-year-old middle infielder has definitely already figured out how to hit the ball really, really far off major-league pitchers.

His latest, a solo shot off Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman:

That gives Baez six homers, which is the second-most in Cubs history through 18 career games behind a guy named Mandy Brooks who went deep eight times through 18 games in 1925. Brooks finished his career with 15 total home runs.

  1. asimonetti88 - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    He’s only 21 so the numbers are almost to be expected… but hits like this show you just what he’s capable of… the rest will come with experience. This kid is for real.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Also, someone else said this the other day, but that swing is reminiscent of all-time great Reggie Jackson.

    • derklempner - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      He strikes out five times as often as he homers. Reminds me of Mike/Giancarlo Stanton in his first season.

    • baberuthslegs - Aug 22, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      I love Javier. Saw him play for the Tennessee Smokies. But I gotta say swings like this are not going to make contact that often. He needs to learn how to hit.

    • erbaodai - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      He reminds me of Dave Kingman, Mark Reynolds, and many other players with towering home run power. He’s fun to watch.

  2. tfilarski - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    he is at about 40% K rate. Would be nice to see that around 22.5%. he really needs to learn to lay off the high heat

  3. ctony1216 - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Fun to watch him hit. The swing reminds me of Alfonso Soriano’s.

  4. zappa1949 - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Reminds of Baez. Great minor league hitter. Major league?

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