Originally posted on World Series Dreaming  |  Last updated 7/14/13
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 poss...
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