6/10 Baez hits 4 HR
Javier Baez had a historic night Monday. Baez, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2011, hit four home runs and drove in seven runs in Class A Daytona’s 9-6 victory over Fort Myers, and is the second player in the 94-year history of the Florida State League to do so.
Baez belted a two-run homer with one out in the first off Matt Tomshaw, a leadoff shot in the third off Tomshaw, a three-run blast in the fifth off Adrian Salcedo, and a solo shot with two outs in the seventh off Jose Gonzalez. He now has 13 home runs for the season and 44 RBIs. The only other player to hit four home runs in a Florida State League game was another Cubs prospect, Ryan Harvey, who did so July 28, 2006, also for Daytona.
The last Cubs Minor Leaguer to belt four homers in a game was Micah Hoffpauir, who hit four solo shots Aug. 9, 2008, for Triple-A Iowa.
Baez is well ahead of last year’s pace when he hit 16 home runs — 12 with Class A Peoria and four more with Daytona.