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What the Addition of Manny Ramirez Means for Javy Baez

There is one reason why Manny Ramirez is in Mesa sporting a Chicago Cubs uniform. It’s all about Javier Baez. Sure, Ramirez has deep ties to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, and his stint in Iowa as a player/coach went well. But Manny’s top mission is to slow down the fastest bat in baseball. After his disastrous big league debut it’s easy to forget that Baez was struggling in Iowa...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Slimmed Down Baez Needs to Reinvent His Swing

Of all the Chicago Cubs highly touted prospects, perhaps none has a higher ceiling than Javier Baez. That’s what made his disastrous major league debut so disheartening. Baez possesses bat speed that only Gary Sheffield can understand and when he makes contact it can be awe inspiring. Major Contact Issues The problem is Baez rarely made contact in 2014 once he was called up to...
Via Sports Mockery
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Javier Baez and the Cubs Extreme Second Basemen

Winter ball in Puerto Rico wrapped up at the end of January, with Javier Baez attempting to improve his plate discipline problems after a short stint in the majors at the end of 2014. That stint, as most of us are aware, featured him striking out 41% of the time he came to the plate. Unfortunately, […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #85: Javier Baez | 2B/SS | CHC

Since 1900 there have been 26,234 player-seasons in which a batter has registered at least 200 PA, and only one comes with a 40% strikeout rate or higher. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Javier Baez! It seems wrong to have a player with such amazingly, historically awful numbers rank inside our top 100, let alone the top 200, but it also seems wrong to let Baez do these things to a baseball...
Via Baseball Professor
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs fan throws HR ball back with authority (Video)

A Chicago Cubs fan in the outfield stands displayed some impressive arm strength when he threw a home run ball all the way back to the infield during Saturday's game at Wrigley Field.After L.A. Dodgers batter Adrian Gonzales hit a home run to center, the fan in the front row who ended up with the ball threw it back - with authority. The ball made it to the edge of the outfield grass...
Via Holdout Sports
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Enough is Enough: Javier Baez is a Bust

The excuses are running thin, quick. For those claiming that his swing is on point and that he is Gary Sheffield-esq and that he’s still young and that power hitters strikeout a ton – GET OVER IT! It’s better to offer no excuse than a bad one - George friggin’ Washington  Javier Baez has proven that regardless of your excuses, he isn’t any good and should not be a part...
Via Sports Mockery
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Weekend of promise

Although the Chicago Cubs have seemingly been out of the race for a playoff spot for quite some time now, this weekend against their arch rivals the St. Louis Cardinals shows that the Cubs are very close to competing with the National League Central’s cream of the crop. If this weekend is a sign of things to come for the Cubs, then there is good reason to be very optimistic as...
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Javier Baez and His Swing

Javier Baez’s debut so far in the major leagues has been “hit or miss”. I mean that in a literal sense, Baez has either hit a home run or struck out in exactly half of his 74 major league at-bats. While he has shown some extreme power, his strikeout rate is troubling. Most of his power in generated from the wild hack of a swing he has. Of course, since he only 21, he still...
Via Sports Mockery
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs trade Rumors: Gary Sanchez edition

While the Chicago Cubs have been rumored to be looking for young starting pitching, another big area of need for the organization is the catching position. Currently, the Cubs do not have a catching prospect in the system that projects as a serviceable big league player. They did draft Kyle Schwarber, a catcher out of Indiana University, this year in the draft but most scouts feel...
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Three prospects who could make an impact this year

At 18-30, it goes without saying the Chicago Cubs could use a makeover. It nearly took three of four from the San Diego Padres, but lost on Sunday 4-3, resulting in a four game split. It’s not to say this Cubs team is not talented, it just isn’t consistent. Most Cub fans probably cannot stomach another season without winning the World Series. Yet the team is still looking...
May 26, 2014  |  1 Comment

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