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Birth Date12-1-1992
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
Age21 years, 7 months, 25 days
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YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2011 BOI A- 2 6 .126 .246 .356 .378 .282 .250 113 -0.9 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2011 CUB Rk 3 12 .265 .270 .356 .405 .275 .400 104 0.1 0.4 0.2 0.8 0.5 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2012 PEO A 57 235 .347 .254 .327 .375 .260 .378 97 22.2 6.9 2.5 5.1 4.4 33.6 3.9 33.6 3.9
2012 DAY A+ 23 86 .206 .258 .333 .371 .251 .200 110 -5.2 2.6 1.2 -1.0 -0.9 -3.2 -0.4 -3.2 -0.4
2012 MSS Wnt 14 60 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .205 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 DAY A+ 76 337 .299 .254 .325 .368 .257 .310 101 14.5 9.9 4.1 2.9 2.2 29.8 3.3 29.8 3.3
2013 TEN AA 54 240 .343 .249 .316 .375 .257 .333 104 20.1 6.5 2.6 1.5 1.0 30.3 3.4 30.3 3.4
2014 IOW AAA 93 389 .271 .272 .336 .424 .267 .326 97 4.8 11.6 4.6 -4.4 2.7 26.0 2.2 26.0 2.2

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 CUB Rk 12 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 .333 .333 .500 .167 .265 1.7 0.8 0.2
2011 BOI A- 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 .126 -0.6 -0.1 -0.1
2012 DAY A+ 86 9 15 3 1 4 13 5 21 4 2 .188 .244 .400 .212 .206 -3.2 -1.0 -0.4
2012 PEO A 235 41 71 10 5 12 33 9 48 20 3 .333 .383 .596 .263 .347 33.6 5.1 3.9
2012 MSS Wnt 60 9 12 2 0 4 16 2 14 3 0 .210 .250 .456 .246 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TEN AA 240 39 64 15 0 20 54 19 69 8 2 .294 .346 .638 .344 .343 30.3 1.5 3.4
2013 DAY A+ 337 59 82 19 4 17 57 21 78 12 2 .274 .338 .535 .261 .299 29.8 2.9 3.3
2014 IOW AAA 389 55 89 23 2 17 67 30 117 16 8 .256 .316 .480 .224 .271 26.0 -4.4 2.2

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YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-12 2014-04-20 Minors 8 6 Left Ankle Sprain - -
2014-03-22 2014-03-22 Camp 0 0 Right Foot Contusion Heel - -
2012-10-28 2012-12-15 WIN 48 0 Right Thumb Fracture Tip of Thumb By High Five Celebration - -

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Help me feel less angst about trading away Kris Bryant for Javier Baez a month ago. (I knew Bryant would pass Baez on all the midseason prospect lists, and figured Bryant is more likely to become an impact player. I need more help in the infield than in the outfield, though, and maybe Baez still has a bit more ceiling than Bryant. Still, all the homers.)
(justarobert from Santa Clara)
I cannot assuage your pain. Your only hope is that Bryant ends up in the outfield and Baez sticks at short or second because the 3B pool of talent is hyper thin for the short term. Baez is still a freak so it's not exactly a loss per se, but I think Bryant will be the better player in both real life and fantasy. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think that Javier Baez spending time at 2B in AAA is a sign that a call-up could be coming soon? Arismendy Alcantara is playing pretty well- would he move to the OF to make room?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I think it can happen in September which is a really far cry from where he was early in the year. I think AlcŠntara moves to CF for Baez. He can handle it. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Obligatory Cubs prospect question- Javier Baez has been heating up recently. He seems to struggle when he gets to a new level, then adjusts and starts to rake. I know he's always going to have some valleys due to his approach, but were the concerns earlier this year a bit overstated?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
The big league level is obviously the largest jump. He's going to probably struggle a lot when he gets there. The approach really needs work. It could take him 500 PA, 1000 PA, even 1500 PA. I'm not really sure. However, the power is legit, the bat speed is outstanding, and when he makes contact, especially to LF, it's going to fly out of the park.

I don't think the concerns are overstated. AAA is a league with a bunch of journeyman throwing junk. They can throw CB/CH etc for strikes, whereas most other levels, they frankly can't. Baez' approach may hinder him from being a franchise altering beast, but if he turns out to be Nelson Cruz, or even Alfonso Soriano, that's pretty awesome, too. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Nick Williams has said he believes he has the fastest hands in the minors. On the top 50 list, Javier Baez is credited with the fastest bat - where would Williams be on such a list? Top 5?
(Or from Denton)
He would be on the list. His hands are weapons. Premium hand speed. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)Best/worst qualities of Javier Baez's hitting? Likeliest area of improvement?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
Best- Violence
Worst- Violence

It's a live by the sword die by the sword sort of thing.

Better Answer
Best- Bat speed
Worst- no ability to adjust
Improvement- approach (Ryan Parker)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)who do you think will turn out to be a better player Javier Baez or khris Bryant?which of these outfielders springer,polanco or taveras?
(Lion lenny from Detroit)
Bryant, which isn't a slight on Baez. I still believe in Javy but I think Kris will have a better career when it's all done. I'll take Polanco, narrowly over Taveras and Springer. I think Polanco has a better overall package than the other two. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the Chat, Jeff! Can you give me the most recent comparable minor league season to what Kris Bryant is doing in 2014?
(Number27 from Millioke)
How soon we forget. Javier Baez hit 37 home runs last year. That was pretty impressive. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Obligatory Javier Baez 'what the hell?' question.
(Paul from DC)
Baez is a high risk, high reward profile. Of course, you're currently seeing the low end of the spectrum, but there's no reason to lose hope. Baez has franchise altering power, and assuming the hit tool can play average, he's going to be extremely valuable. There are certainly some questions about his approach, but I think the realistic slash line looks similar to Nelson Cruz. On the left side of the infield, that's outstanding. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Javier Baez's future production? I've read some articles saying he could be a "generational" type talent, but the K rate is concerning right?
(Frank from Chicago)
I wonder where you read those articles...yes, the K rate is concerning & the approach makes me question whether he ever gets there. (Ron Shah)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)I am in a keeper league in which the 1st and 2nd round picks cannot be kept...I am eliminated but have Carlos Gonzalez as a trade chip (1st round), would him for Javier Baez and Archie Bradley be enough of a return?
(Ben from kalamazoo)
Would someone give you that for 4 months of an injured CarGo? If so, hell yes, that's a great deal. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff Samardzija, Javier Baez, and Archie Bradley for Jose Fernandez...in an 18 team keeper league...who says no?
(msimotes from Kalamazoo)
Seems like a trade where I'd want to try and hold onto Baez or Bradley and move them in another dump deal, but that's how my leagues roll for dump deals. Every league is different. (Mike Gianella)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Need help! I got offered Javier Baez, Archie Bradley, and Jeff Samardzija for Jose Fernandez...This is in a 20 team keeper league in which I am in first and the winner gets $2K...What do I do?
(msimotes from Kalamazoo)
If you want to win this year then don't give away the best player. I'd ask the Bat Signal guys, though, just to be sure. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty (no minors): My team is locked at 3B (Longoria), and SS (Bogaerts). I have Javier Baez and Byron Buxton on my bench, who will be vying in the future for the DH gig on my team. The only way around this for me is if Baez ends up playing 2B on Chicago's North Side. Should I hold my ground, or make a deal? What kind of SP (my biggest need) should I be targeting with Baez if I need to deal him?
(AJ from Phoenix)
There absolutely has to be an OF you can drop to make room for Buxton. Unless your OF is Trout, Harper, McCutchen, Cargo, Stanton, find a way to deal an OF and keep both Baez and Buxton. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Projecting Javier Baez in the major leagues, what position will he play?
(Loria from Milwaukee)
Alcantara is the future at 2B there with Bryant in RF/LF. If they keep Castro, I think Baez goes to third and they move Olt/Villanueva. If they move Castro, Baez is your shortstop. I think SS and 3B are the only options. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty: my Ian Kennedy + Javier Baez for his Jordan Zimmermann + Dylan Bundy. He has pitching excess, I need SP, he could use a 3B next season with Miggy moving to 1B. Fair?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I'd do that so hard. I prefer hitting prospects to pitching ones, but this is just too good to pass (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Javier Baez' penchant for striking out something that will be of concern upon his call-up and/or long-term?
(Fred from MI)
There are going to be a lot of Baez questions here.

It's always been a concern and it will continue to be a concern until he proves that it isn't. The one thing that bothered me about Baez-mania was how convinced people were that he was ready to contribute at the MLB level. I think he has approach issues that are getting exploited by guys who know how to sequence.

That said, it is a small sample and I think he adjusts. It's his way, suck then destroy (Copyright Harry Pavilidis). (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Long-term (dynasty): Manny Machado or Javier Baez?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Love this question. Strictly fantasy wise Iíll take Machado here. I think he can develop more power into his game and his learning curve isnít as steep as Javyís will be. Itís a tight debate but Iíll take Manny. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)In 2015/16, Javier Baez is playing [insert position here]?
(Josh from Wrigleyville)
Second, short and third. I know Cubs fans are super excited about the future, and I would be too. There's not much else to look forward to. But this need to pigeon hole Baez is completely unnecessary. The fact that he can play all three infield positions is awesome. The important part is that he'd going to play every day. His defensive flexibility gives the Cubs a chance to move the pieces around once more and more of them get to the majors. I hope he plays all three in the majors and I'll bet he sees time at all of them this year. Remember when we needed answers about where Xander Bogaerts was going to play when all of the factors were things that had nothing to do with him (resigning of Stephen Drew, Middlebrooks' development, etc.) Same thing with Baez. He can play all three. Which one he ends up at has nothing to do with him. It's about the other players around him. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who finishes with more MLB HRs? Javier Baez or Kris Bryant?
(Number27 from The Good Land)
Career? Baez. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the recent decision by the Cubs to try Javier Baez out at second base, does this open up third for Kris Bryant for the next few years?
(SenatorsGuy from Minnesota)
I think its about having options. You could try Baez out at third, but you already have Olt and Villanueva ahead in the queue--which should be considered a strength in the upper minors/majors, not to mention Bryant; although I think his long-term home will be in a corner OF spot. As an org, if you can fill a weakness from a position of strength, you explore those options. Baez needs more time in the minors, but there is going to come a time when he is ready to attack the major league level, and when that time comes, you have to play him somewhere. You might as well prepare for that outcome by getting him reps at a position of weakness in the short-term regardless of your long-term plans or projections for the player. It's smart baseball. (Jason Parks)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Final 4?
(The Dude from Couch)
Javier Baez, Javier Baez, Yordano Ventura and Javier Baez. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who plays 3b for the Cubs this season. Olt have a shot? Valbuena?
(Southcoast from Texas)
I saw a report a few days ago suggesting Olt is in line for the job, but something may have changed since. Were it up to me, I'd start Olt. Valbuena had a decent 2013, but he's a bench player long-term. Olt could be a starter for someone, even if it's not the Cubs. Let him show the league what he can do before he gets shoved aside for Javier Baez and/or Kris Bryant. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Standard 5x5, who has the better year, Javier Baez or Mike Olt?
(Tommy from Chicago)
Baez, but I haven't buried Olt. (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for the top emerging bat in the late middle rounds of a keeper league Which player offers the most help this season and which has the highest upside over the next couple years - Javier Baez, Taveras, Polanco, Springer. Stashing till July not really an option.
(Tall Dark Stranger from Laredo)
Baez possesses the highest upside over the next couple of years. Springer will be up once the Astros can delay the clock, if you need someone immediately. (Ronit Shah)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Javier Baez could end up at 2nd or 3rd? Which is more likely?
(dan from cincy)
The most likely outcome with Baez is he hits a home run, but I'll say he does them as a third baseman. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)What Cubs prospect are you most excited about?
(Pie from In a tin)
Javier Baez and it's not particularly close. He's my unicorn. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)So basically I'm in a conundrum. My fantasy league allows you to hold 5 minor leaguers. Background info is that I have one of the strongest teams in the league, with exceptional hitting and very good pitching. The minor leaguers I own so far are Javier Baez, Miguel Sano, and Addison Russell. However I'm unsure of what to do with my last 2 spots. Based on how I know the draft will play out I can go a couple different directions... -Draft Gregory Polanco and Archie Bradley -Draft 2 longer ETA prospects (Frazier, Giolito, Dahl) so I don't have potentially 5 minor leaguers coming up this summer and forcing me to cut 5 guys from my competitive 28 man roster - Draft 2 SPs to balance out my team (Bradley, Giolito, Gray, Syndergaard)
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
I'd go with Polanco and Bradley followed by Synder, Gio, Gray, Dahl, and Frazier (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)2B seems like a pretty shallow position fantasy-wise. Any chance rostering Javier Baez in hopes the Cubs bring him up to replace Barney in 2014 pays off?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
There's a non-zero chance, but it's very slim. Arismendy Alcantara might have the better shot at that. (Ronit Shah)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)I've seen a lot of detractors this Offseason on Profar. Saying his ceiling isn't nearly as high as people once thought. Are you in this camp after a half a season where he was tossed in and out of a lineup playing all over the diamond? I personally feel that if he was to be measured, this is the season of which to draw conclusions from. He isn't looking over his shoulder and can focus on maturing at the plate and meshing with Elvis. Thoughts?
(Tim Bennett from Elmira, N.Y.)
I donít think last season should be much of a barometer for what to expect from Profar, no. Weíre in agreement there. I will say that from a fantasy POV I think Profar gets a bit overrated. Heíll be good for a long time, but heís never going to have first-round potential the way Xander, Javier Baez, Oscar Taveras, Bryon Buxton et al do. I donít think Profar is ready for a huge breakout in 2014, but he should challenge for a finish as a Top 15 fantasy 2B and give us a glimpse of better days ahead. Heís uniquely well-rounded and can contribute in all five categories. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome Ben, I'll start you off with a curveball: Let's say every draft eligible prospect from 2010 to 2014 was eligible for this year's draft. Just based on pre-draft scouting reports and without the benefit of hindsight, how would the first 10 picks of the draft unfold?
(baseballjunkie from cali, where it's already Spring)
This is an amazingly difficult question to answer, and also quite fun. Itís probably better suited for an article than for a fantasy chat answer, but since I was able to access this question ahead of time, hereís what I came up with after about 30 min of research. Iíll note that since Iím not familiar enough with 2014 prospects yet, Iíve restricted your search to 2010-2013 draftees. Iíll go with:

1. Bryce Harper 2. Manny Machado 3. Gerrit Cole 4. Dylan Bundy 5. Anthony Rendon 6. Jameson Taillon 7. Bubba Starling
8. Byron Buxton 9. Carlos Correa 10. Archie Bradley

Toughest omissions for me were Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Kevin Gausman, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel. If Luc Giolito had been healthy for his senior year, heíd probably have made it on this list. Obviously thatís not how weíd rank them now, and itís funny that guys like Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and Javier Baez are left in the dust. Bubba Starling sticks out like a sore thumb, and Buxton was underrated. This exercise also reinforces how loaded the 2011 draft was. Last yearís pales in comparison. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)How is Javier Baez not in the top 3 this year? I can't remember another shortstop witch as much power potential at 21 years old.
(John Niggli from Lagos)
I think he's the second-best fantasy prospect in the minors. Ergo, he is top three. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)I have 5 dynasty league minor league slots, the first 4 are filled by Javier Baez, Miguel Sano, Kris Bryant, and Gregory Polanco. Who should I choose for my last spot between Clint Frazier and Jorge Alfaro?
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
I have them ranked fairly closely to one another. I'll say Frazier, but barely. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Javier Baez... Give me a ceiling and a floor.
(Jordan from Vegas)
The ceiling is Gary Sheffield. The floor could be any powerful young player who fails to make adjustments at the major league level once the league sees him the first time around. That's the key. Baez is going to come up and amaze everyone for a little while because he's ridiculously talented. Then the league will get a book on him and pitch him differently. What happens from there will determine his future. If he adjusts back after the league adjusts to him, it's on. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Guys like Xander Bogaerts, Javier Baez and the like were projected to have no chance to stick at short and now it looks increasingly possible that they can/will. Is this just erring on the side of caution or are several prospects unexpectedly bucking the projections?
(Colby Rogers from Chicago)
Bogaerts got a bad rap, and I'm not sure why. There were many who immediately wrote him off as a shortstop, but there was always a crew that defended its possibility. Baez doesn't have quite that same support, but he has the hands to stay there. Projections are tricky however, especially when it comes to projecting how a young man's body will develop. In fact, sometimes its borderline creepy. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)At the 1-3 pick in my dynasty draft, Buxton and one of A. Bradley and Tanaka are off he board. I'm looking at Baez, Giolito, Bryant, Correa, and J. Gray. Who do you take? Why? How would you rank them? (Reference: I pick 1-3, and 1-6 due to trades; one of the picks in between mine would be Abreu and one of Baez/Correa (in that order)). Thanks!
(AJ from Phoenix)
Hi AJ.

The order might be different from a pure prospect perspective, but I'd go Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, Jonathan Gray, and Lucas Giolito. While Correa could wind up being a better baseball player than Baez, Baez's power tool is ridiculous and from a purely offensive standpoint (read fantasy) he has the higher ceiling. Correa's pretty damn good too, though, and I anticipate a power spike this year in the minors. His raw numbers don't look great, but he was an 18-year-old at Quad Cities. I'm impressed. Bryant's great too, but you're asking me to rank him against two amazing prospects. Gray and Giolito go behind the hitters just because I have a bias toward hitters when it comes to prospects in fantasy. I'll go Gray because Giolito had the TJ. He should be fine, and it's entirely possible that I'll flip these two if someone on BP's great scouting team comes back with a positive review on him in spring training. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)If I decide to sell on Matt Harvey, what return should I "settle" for? If a team is middle of the road, maybe go prospect route and ask for Baez? MLB route and ask for who? Or just stay the course and wait a year for his return?
(AJ from Phoenix)
You're not going to get Javier Baez for an injured Matt Harvey in any of the leagues I play in. It seems like a bad time to trade Harvey. Teams are going to try to undercut you, and if they don't it's hard to know if you're really selling at a good time or if he'll bounce all the way back. I'd say if you can get 80% of his MLB value on a two-year keeper guy do it, but otherwise hold on tight. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)I know we'll get composite/Jason's scouting report on the Cubs this week, but what are your thought's on Javier Baez's hit tool? The bat speed is elite, and the power consistently ranks as plus-plus. But he hacks at it quite a bit. From a fantasy perspective, how would you compare him to Kris Bryant? Lastly, where do you see each of them ending up defensively?
(AJ from Phoenix)
This is more of a question for Jason Parks, but from a fantasy standpoint I like Baez better than Bryant. I think the strikeouts for Baez are always going to be an issue but a lot of hitters in today's context strike out 130-140 times and still provide plenty of value. I was asked about defense before, but I'd guess Baez winds up at third which pushes Bryant elsewhere on the diamond. First? Left field? I'm just guessing at this point, but both will eventually find a place to play. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Javier Baez be in his prime and do you think he gets called up at some point this year?
(Kevin from Florida)
One front office source told me that thinks Baez has hall of fame potential. No don't go crazy with one projection, but if you really believe in the bat--meaning you think he will reach his offensive projections--35+ home runs is possible, all from a left-side of the diamond home. This is an extreme opinion, but not all that crazy when it comes to potential. Javier Baez could have a very special bat; the hand/eye, the bat speed, the raw strength are elite. If he puts it all together, he could be one of the best players in the game. If he stays healthy and consistent once he achieves that level, the hyperbole and hype of the present won't seem so crazy. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Alright Jason. You're at a scientific lab (a cloning facility) and you're given the opportunity to splice DNA together of two different ball players to make the perfect player. Which two players' DNA do you choose?
(LanceR from Dallas, TX)
Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez. It would create a highly instinctual shortstop with a plus-plus arm, plus-plus glove, elite power potential in combination with a mature approach from both sides of the plate. JF Lindor-Baez (Jason Parks)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Javier Baez makes his MLB debut on _____, playing ______.
(Paul from DC)
Do you mean on, as in when? Because Iím tempted to respond with ďon a Harley playing the banjoĒ just for the mental picture. I wouldnít be surprised to see in Chicago by the end of the season. Theyíre going to leave him at short for the time being, but if the Cubs want him in the majors this fall, theyíll have to make a mid-season decision on Starlin Castro. Maybe theyíre hoping Castro gets off to a hot start and brings his value back up so they can trade him, I donít know. I donít see Baez as a SS, so even if he plays there some, I think he ends up elsewhere. Maybe the second blank is second base? (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to pick one of Carlos Correa, Addison Russell, or Javier Baez which one would you choose?
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk Pa)
Correa. I'm a sucker for up-the-middle athletes and plate discipline. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do we see Javier Baez and Kris Bryant in Chicago this year?
(Brett from Springfield)
Both could get a brief spell in Chicago this year, but I won't be shocked if they wait until 2015 either. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Javier Baez makes his Cubs debut on _____.
(Paul from DC)
June 8th (this is a total guess) (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for a long-term solution at SS, and while I have options, my best two (in terms of fantasy impact/value) are Javier Baez (draft) or Xander Bogaerts (trade). My question- in two parts- is: 1) Do you see them both sticking at SS, for say at least the next 3-5 years, and 2) is a June 6 Baez call up (I know it was a guess) at all realistic, or am I waiting for a September cup of Joe?
(Francois from Toronto)
Baez has torn through the minors thus far and logged 54 games in Double-A last year (and performed exceedingly well). I think June 6th or 8th or whatever I said is possible though I don't think it's probable. I'd go with Bogaerts as I think he's got a better chance of sticking at SS for longer, though my guess is his cost in trade is going to be exorbitant. The value play might be Baez, but it's also riskier. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper league I traded Robinson Cano for Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick, and the rights to Javier Baez. Crazy smart or crazy stupid?
(Paul from DC)
Hi Paul:

I like that trade for you a little bit, although a lot depends on what your needs are, whether or not you're on a competitive footing for 2014, and how deep your league is. In a really deep league, that's a great trade for you; in a shallower league it's close. I like Baez a lot so I think that if Pujols can put up "only" a 25 HR/90 RBI year that you still did the right thing here. I think Cano will be fine in Seattle, but that's still a good deal of value you're getting in return. (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I traded for speculation that Javier Baez might get 2B playing time in 2014 in a 15 team deep 5 year keeper league. A pipe dream?
(allangustafson from San Diego )
Not a pipe dream. It could happen in August, just don't count on it. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What Cubs prospect most excites you?
(Alex from Anaheim)
I'll take the easy answer and say Javier Baez. The bat speed is flat out stupid and I think the tools can work at shortstop. He has a chance to be a superstar once he matures. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Javier Baez's peak MLB season may look like ________?
(Ty from Chicago)
Soriano with the Nationals? What was that, 2006? (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)On many levels, Noah Syndergaard for Javier Baez makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?
(Trader Joe from Freeport, ME)
In real life or fantasy? In fantasy, I tend to default to the hitter over the pitcher, so I like Baez better at the moment. In reality, I'm not sure either team is going to make that deal. The Cubs love Baez (with good reason) while the Mets are also high on Syndergaard. The Mets are deep in pitching, but David Wright blocks Baez assuming Baez's future if at a corner. Maybe this is fair, but I think i'd rather have Baez and the hitter. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)In your last chat, you stated Javier Baez would not be in a future Cubs line-up, but would be replaced by Mike Olt. Why is that?
(djr from Evanston, Il)
Because the Cubs traded a valuable commodity for Mike Olt, making him the key piece in the deal. Olt is a better prospect than he showed this year, and I think the Cubs believe that as well. Suggesting he would be in a future hypothetical lineup had everything to do with the trade, the proximity to the majors, and his position. It had nothing to do with Baez. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking into your crystal ball, who's your AFL MVP?
(padremurph from San Diego)
Kris Bryant. When presented with the trophy, he will pull a baby goat from his uniform, slit its throat, drink its blood, vomit its blood, and then power drink himself to sleep while bitching about Javier Baez's prospect status. It will be perfect. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has the risk factor on Javier Baez dropped at all? I know the K's are still up there, but has he improved enough to be a little more confident in his future?
(jharrison3 from Illinois)
It has improved, but he still carries a higher risk than most prospects at his level. It's just his overall approach that concerns some people. (Jason Parks)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many swings of the bat would it take Javier Baez to knock open my Spiderman pinata? Also, as far as Cubs prospects go, we hear much about Baez, Bryant, Almora, and Soler...how does Vogelbach fit into that group. Has his defense improved enough to warrant legitimate prospect status (beyond DH)?
(Jim from Yellowstone)
Just one swing. Baez does not get cheated. Vogelbach is behind those guys because of the defensive profile. I've heard he has improved a bit at first base, but it's never going to be ideal there. The bat makes him worth watching though, and he's definitely a prospect...just behind those guys you mentioned. Don't see him getting into that group. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What should/can the Cubs do to fix their S. Castro problem and their need for a frontline SP? Will Castro bring back the SP? Should they leave Castro alone, hoping for bounce back and trade Javier Baez instead-whom I would assume would net them a top flight SP? Thanks
(MKPJ from Chicago)
He's 23, they should probably chill. They'd be selling low right now, so I doubt he'd bring back a frontline SP. Shouldn't trade Baez, either. They're building very nicely, IMO. (Paul Sporer)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)I know this question has been asked a bunch in the past, but given Javier Baez's recent showing, the need to know the answer seems to become somewhat more pressing for guys like me. What position will Baez play, and eventually settle in at when he reaches the bigs (which may be as early as next year)?
(Fran from NYC)
If they want to move Castro and let him play SS so bit it, or they can put Baez at 3B and just let him hit. I personally believe he will end up at third, playing for an organization not named the Chicago Cubs. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Javier Baez as Cubs 2B of the futcha?
(Marx from NJ)
My money is on Alcantara. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which five players currently in the minors have the highest ceiling?
(Mario66 from Pittsburgh)
Byron Buxton, Oscar Taveras, Javier Baez, Archie Bradley, Jorge Alfaro (hard to name five) (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Javier Baez reaching the majors this season? Is he worth stockpiling for 2014 in a 5x5 Keeper?
(LittleRon from WV)
Maybe he gets there at some point next season, but at this point, I don't think it's likely that he sees significant action in 2014. Player development and situations like these are always fluid, but I think that's the smart bet for now at least. (Jason Cole)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)Who are the top 5 Shortstops for future fantasy value?
(Tim Tebow from Canada)
Hi Tim. I hope you land on your feet.

This is a pretty broad question. I'm not sure if you're talking future value among all shortstops or value among shortstops that haven't reached the Majors yet. As far as prospects go, I would go with Xander Bogaerts, Jurickson Profar, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and Trevor Story. Keep in mind that this isn't rating best prospects but best fantasy value. Story gets a bump for potentially playing half of his games in Colorado, for example; he's not a Top 5 SS prospect based on real life value. (Mike Gianella)
2013-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Javier Baez a 30 HR middle of the lineup bat in his prime?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I'm optimistic., he has the tools. He could also flame out. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Does Javier Baez's so-so start have you concerned or is he gonna be a beast? The power tool seems undeniable.
(Matt from Chicago)
I pay 10x more attention to the reports our prospect guys give us than I do the stats. So-so starts do not bother me as much as so-so reports (Jason Collette)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Javier Baez looking closer to being the next Josh Vitter with the bat with every passing day?
(Mike from Utica, NY)
No. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the ETA for Javier Baez? Will the Cubs move him aggressively?
(Larry from Indiana)
2015 seems like the safe bet. I think they already have moved him aggressively, getting him up to High-A in his first full season out of high school. I got my first in-person look at him in camp, and if nothing else, it was fun to watch. Serious bat speed and that dude does not get cheated at the plate. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Care to find the nearest crystal ball in your apt. and provide an early look at the top 10 next year?
(bmmolter from Mass.)
I can:
1. Addison Russell
2. Javier Baez
3. Taijuan Walker
4. Archie Bradley
5. Aaron Sanchez
6. Byron Buxton
7. Jameson Taillon
8. Robert Stephenson
9. Francisco Lindor
10. Austin Hedges (Jason Parks)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)If you could see 3 minor league teams this year, who would they be? Anything especially good in the Sally this year? Yay for real opening day!
(marjinwalker from lunch break)
Rafael DePaula (Yankees); Adalberto Mondesi (Royals); Javier Baez (Cubs). Just to name three that would probably be worth the price of admission. (Jason Parks)
2013-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think I saw Javier Baez hit one over the scoreboard during a Cactus League game this past weekend. Is he going to be another power hitting Cubs prospect that fizzles... or is he as beastly as he appears.
(Steve from Bayshore)
Spring Training is so much fun.

I don't think there's much reason to ding Baez just because the Cubs historically haven't been able to develop good baseball players. Theo Epstein knows what he's doing even if he wasn't the one who drafted him. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, In a dynasty league who would you target 1st between Lucas Giolito, David Dahl or Javier Baez ? Thanks
(Joey from Madison, WI)
Baez for me. Giolito intrigues me, but let's wait and see on him, so I'd even go Dahl over him for now. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Which 5 or 10 players you think cantop the list of the 2014 Rookie list for Fantasy, also other than Buxton and Boagarts can be an impact back.
(Robert from Puerto Rico)
Bret Sayre is our prospect guy on the fantasy side, but I'll try to help. The tough thing with questions like this is that players who have 2014 ETAs who excel tend to defy the timetables and wind up contributing in 2013. My five guys for 2014 would be: Jose Fernandez, Xander Bogaerts, Javier Baez, Taijuan Walker, Jameson Taillon, in that order. Baez has the best chance of the potential 2014 crop to be an impact bat. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank the bat speed: Gary Sheffield, Rickie Weeks, Javier Baez?
(Matt from NJ)
That order looks good to me, but elite bat speed is elite bat speed. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you rather have Javier Baez's bat speed or Carlos Puyol's hair?
(wcgopher from VA)
Please. Puyol's hair is almost #wet enough to turn faith into science. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Want to play desert island discs? You get five. How about desert island prospects? You get five...purely on who you enjoy watching the most.
(Name from Place)
1. Oscar Taveras 2. Javier Baez 3. Francisco Lindor 4. Jose Fernandez 5. Rougned Odor (Jason Parks)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Didn't see Javier Baez in your next set of position prospects. Is he in the next tier?
(TheGoat0211 from Phoenix)
He's probably just outside of that list I posted before. I like Baez a lot, but there's a lot of risk associated with his game. (Mark Anderson)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)When do you think Baez will be brought up to the majors?
(Nick Robertson from Chicago, Il)
Hi Nick, thanks for the question. I assume from your location that you're asking about Javier Baez. He's 19 years old and talented but raw, which means not soon. In his article on the Cubs Top 10 prospects, Jason Parks put Baez's ETA at 2015: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=18849 (Geoff Young)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the best power prospect in the minors right now? Are there any guys that you could see having 80 power in the majors?
(JayT from San Francisco)
Guys like Miguel Sano, Joey Gallo, and Javier Baez have huge power potential (Jason Parks)
2012-10-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)After Profar, rank in hotness the next level of upcoming minor league short stops from a list of Francisco Lindor, Addison Russell, Javier Baez, Hak-Ju Lee, Trevor Story, and Carlos Correa.
(Paul from DC)
Baez, Lindor, Russell, Story, Correa, Lee, but I'm assuming you're asking me to rank them purely be physical attractiveness. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-08-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are you're thoughts on Cubs' Javier Baez? Do we have a Machado, Profar talented bat?
(Bill from OH)
Iíve heard good things about Baezóparticularly his power potential. Itís unclear where he winds up on the diamond just yet. Heís a really good prospect. Maybe not quite on the Profar/Machado level, but still really good. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you please compare "The Puerto Rican Trifecta" Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, and Fransico Lindor's upside with the bat only regardless of who could end up at a different position. Thanks.
(stevenpsu78 from york pa)
Baez has the best pure bat; Correa has the tools to be a legit offensive force, but he just started his professional journey, I have yet to see him in person, and it might take some time before we know what type of offensive player he will become; Lindor can do everything, but the defensive skill-set is the calling card. The offensive game is advanced, with some batting average promise, a mature approach, and some pop, but he's unlikely to be a middle-of-the-order hitter like Baez. (Jason Parks)
2012-06-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Saw your twitter posts this week about Javier Baez's big game in A-ball (3 hits, booming homerun, swinging at a 3-0 pitch in a 13-0 blowout, getting beaned in the ribs, and then getting benched the next day for ignoring the take sign the day before)...What, if anything, did we learn from that game that we did not know before?
(Jason from office)
That a lot of people on Twitter don't understand that you are going to get plunked if you swing on 3-0 in a 13-0 game. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Whats your take on the Royals keeping Bubba Starling in extended Spring Training? I know reports were that he was raw, but is he THAT raw that Low-A wouldn't be an option?
(Jquinton82 from NY)
He's pretty raw, and he's not the only first-round guy taking it easy, as Javier Baez is still in extended as well. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most impressive prospect no one is/was talking about prior to Spring Training but will be soon enough?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
Cubs infielder Javier Baez. The bat could be special. (Jason Parks)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Looking forward to my prospect draft next season. Taijuan Walker v. Archie Bradley. Xander Bogaerts v. Javier Baez, Michael Choice v. Rymer Liriano. Who'd you take in those matchups?
(Joe from Bellvue)
Bradley, Bogaerts, Liriano. Walker is the wildcard for me because he could be the very good version of Edwin Jackson we saw a few years ago or the one that has been around most other seasons. (Jason Collette)
2012-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it likely (more than 50%) that Javier Baez can stay at shortstop, or is he a corner guy when (if?) he makes the show?
(Mike from Chicago)
It's way less than 50%. Maybe 10% at best. He's a 3B, maybe 2B in the end. (Kevin Goldstein)


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