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Last week, the Cubs top prospect Javier Baez was promoted to AA Tennessee. Baez’s stat line at Daytona at the time of promotion was .274/.338/.525 after a slow start.
From what I’ve seen, Baez is not a big kid but has incredible strength in the wrists. Baez is nowhere near MLB ready, he needs to establish some plate discipline and to not hack at everything in sight. The bat speed is impressive as he had a 4 homer game at A+ this year. He is not a patient hitter by any means but is steadily improving his walk rate, though it is currently 1 for every 4 Ks. If he wants to be a regular at the show he needs to be more patient and get on base at a better rate. I like the comparison to Gary Sheffield, particularly the bat speed. If Baez came even near that potential the Cubs have something very special. For now Baez will be at AA the rest of the year, with a very small chance he’s even a September call up as he’s not even on the 40-man roster. By this time next year, there is a better possibility that Baez could be helping the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Worst case, he’s still in AA struggling but learning.
The other night I had to the privilege to go see a baseball game featuring the Tennessee Smokies against the Jackson Generals. The starter for yesterday’s game was right hander Alberto Cabrera. He pitched very well, going 7 innings, striking out 3 while giving up 1 earned run. Cabrera was perfect through 3 until he gave up a homer to Ji-Man Choi (a Futures Game representative) right over the right field wall. The was all the damage done to Alberto. His fastball was in the range of 91-96. When he pumped the fastball at 95+ he had trouble finding the zone. His off speed and breaking stuff were effective though.
Javier Baez had an okay game. He went 1-4 with two strikeouts. Baez looked overmatched at the plate at times, swinging very late on a few pitches and seemed to be off balance. He was in three two-strike counts if I recall correctly. The one hit he had was a single up the middle. As for his defense, it was solid. He got to the routine grounders and made two throws on the run to first base, showing good accuracy.
As of last night, Javier Baez at Tennessee was hitting .206/.250/.471 with three homers, two walks and ten strikeouts in 36 plate appearances. Lots of progress to be made, but remember, he struggled last year upon being promoted to Daytona, too.
I have some videos from the game I attended of Javier Baez. You’ll have to click the links because I don’t know how to embed yet, but they will load. Here’s one where he grounded into a double play:
…and here’s one where he singled up the middle:
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Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop. (Photo Credit: David Banks/Getty Images)
Back on July 2nd, the Chicago Cubs made a couple of trades in hopes of helping their horrid bullpen. That day they acquired Pedro Strop from the Baltimore Orioles, and Matt Guerrier from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since the two pitchers joined the Cubs bullpen, they have both performed very well.
Team: Chicago Cubs
Record: 42-51 (11 gb)
Biggest Surprise of First Half:
The 25 year old All-Star Travis Wood. Last year Travis struggling to find his rhythm and finished with an under-par 4.27 era. This year Travis has found his click and has pitched a staggering 2.79 era, only 9 home runs surrendered and 38 batters walked. The really impressive stat comes from Trav`s quality starts...
This Cubs Matt Garza news and notes column is from TSB new contributor Jeremy Harris.
In a gutsy performance, which could be his last as a Cub, starter Matt Garza tossed 6 2/3 innings, yielding ten hits and two walks, while striking out four. While in most of his recent performances he was working with few runners on base, tonight he pitched out of several jams. So while he was not...
This Chicago Cubs news and notes column is from the newest member of The Sports Bank family Jeremy Harris
Sometimes a manager has to think like a general manager, particularly when players on his team are on the trade market. Many trades are consummated during the All-Star break, and Cubs closer Kevin Gregg has been rumored to be on the trading block for weeks.
While prior to last...
This Chicago Cubs news and notes column is a collaboration between Paul M. Banks and the newest member of The Sports Bank family Jeremy Harris
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MLB.com's Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat tweeted the update Monday afternoon:
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First, the news to set up:
So, I think that debate is done. The point: Brett Jackson isn’t with Iowa and isn’t on the roster given to real reporters covering the team.
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) July 13, 2013
Tommy Birch is pretty much the Iowa Cubs’ beat reporter and he’s on his game, so if Brett Jackson is missing as reported, then we take it at his word. That said...
Not that there will be too many over the break, most of the league takes a vacation along with the players, but Kaplan is spinning his wheels on a Matt Garza one.
I'm hearing Garza will be traded by Sat. Cubs won't move him though until they get what they want. They won't panic out of fear of injury.
An AL scout just told me that he thinks Garza is throwing so well that...
Kris Bryant was the second overall pick by the Chicago Cubs in last month's MLB Draft. But before the reported 6.7 million signing bonus, and before he became one of college baseball's most feared hitters during his 31 home run campaign of 2013, Bryant cut his teeth at the California Collegiate League a summer league for college baseball players.
Bryant played in the league...
The two teams who are leading the way in the Matt Garza sweepstakes have been identified. The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers are the front runners to land Garza, industry sources told ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine.
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The interest in Matt Garza has picked up and teams are fighting as hard as ever to get him. While teams may have to give up a lot in return to get him, it appears they are willing to give it up. The free agent to be has been the most coveted player on the open market this July and it appears that he finally will be traded.
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