The Chicago Cubs were dealt a bit of bad news today. The team confirmed that Javier Baez, regarded by many as the top prospect in the Cubs’ farm system, has fractured his left thumb. The injury will keep Baez out for the remainder of the Fall season, where he was struggling with a .211 batting average. Despite his low average, the 2011 first-round pick had been selected for the AFL Rising Star’s game, due largely to his four home runs and 16 RBI, which were near the top of the league.
The 19-year old was one of the youngest players in the AFL, but his time has been cut short . To add insult to injury, the fracture was not even a result of something during the game according to general manager Jed Hoyer.
“It sounded like it was a celebratory high five or some kind of thing,” Hoyer said according to EPSN Chicago.
While it is disappointing that Baez will miss the rest of the AFL, the injury is not expect to keep him out for any extended period of time. While he spent 2012 in Single-A ...