Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:37:19 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez said Tuesday, March 24, he's been told he'll be on the opening day roster. A team official confirmed that Baez was told he'll make the team as the second baseman. Baez is 5-for-39 with 14 strikeouts this spring.
Fantasy Tip: Baez's huge strikeout rate is likely to make him a batting average liability, but he has monster power. His middle infield eligibility could lead drafters to reach on his potential, but it's best not to overdraft him given the risk of him being overwhelmed by big league pitching. His upside does make him worth a late-round pick if he falls, though.
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:46:04 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts this spring after fanning all three times Sunday, March 8, but manager Joe Maddon is blaming himself for Baez's slow start. "He's thinking too much," Maddon said. "He's getting a lot of information from all of us, and I think at some point, sometimes it's our fault. I just want to leave him along and let him play." Maddon said Baez is a very strong candidate to win the starting second base job. Maddon plans to be patient with the team's youngsters early this year.
Fantasy Tip: Baez is a sexy fantasy baseball pick this year in the middle rounds. His 30-homer potential is very intriguing, but his poor plate discipline is definitely concerning. That hurts his chance at helping you out in the BA department, but having eligibility at shortstop and second base will be nice. Don't reach too far for him because of the prospect hype.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:29:24 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez has gone 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in two games of the playoffs in the Puerto Rico winter league. He also struck out 21 times in 43 at-bats during the regular season.
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:30:45 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez could play some third base during spring training.
Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:49:58 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez will have to earn his playing time this season, according to general manager Jed Hoyer. "Javy has to make some adjustments, that's obvious. Certainly, he's a guy (who) has to earn his playing time. I don't think there's any question about that," Hoyer said Saturday, Jan. 17.
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:25:55 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez has lost 15 pounds in the offseason.
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:17:26 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez will begin playing winter ball for Santurce in Puerto Rico Thursday, Dec. 11, according to team officials.
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:14:35 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez is projected to open next season as the team's starting second baseman.
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:19:46 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez is 4-for-15 with two home runs and three RBIs in his last four games after going through a 6-for-62 stretch where he struck out 28 times. Baez said he has felt more comfortable at the plate since working with hitting coach Bill Mueller.
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:15:07 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez misses 74.2 percent of pitches he swings at outside the strike zone and away. The mark would rank worst in the league, if he had enough at-bats to qualify. Baez would also rank fifth worst in swinging at fast balls up and out of the strike zone.