9/13 Baez, Hendricks honored

The Cubs named Javier Baez and right-hander Kyle Hendricks as the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The two prospects will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs’ 3:05 p.m. CT contest on Sept. 21 against the Braves at Wrigley Field.

Baez, 20, combined to bat .282 with 34 doubles, four triples, 37 home runs and 111 RBI in 130 games between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee in his second full professional season. His 111 RBI and 75 extra-base hits led Minor League baseball while his 37 home runs were tied for second. Baez is the first Minor League player in 17 seasons to reach 30 doubles, 30 home runs, 100 RBI and 20 stolen bases in the same season since D.T. Cromer did so in 1996 for the
Modesto A’s (40 doubles, 30 home runs, 130 RBI and 20 stolen bases).

He began the year at Daytona and batted .274 with 19 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs and 57 RBI in 76 contests. He became just the second player in the 94-year history of the Florida State League to hit four home runs in a game on June 10 vs. Fort Myers. Former Cubs farmhand Ryan Harvey also did so July 28, 2006 vs. Clearwater.

Baez was promoted to Tennessee on July 6, and in his first action at the Double-A level, hit .294 (64-for-218) with 15 doubles, 20 home runs and 54 RBI in 54 games, helping the club to a post-season berth. Although he played in less than half of the 138-game Southern League schedule, his 20 home runs ranked fourth in the league.

A first-round pick in 2011, Baez is ranked the No. 1 prospect on MLB.com’s top 20 Cubs prospects list.

Hendricks, 23, compiled a 13-4 record and 2.00 ERA (37 ER/166 1/3 IP) and a complete-game shutout in 27 starts between Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He struck out 128 batters and walked just 34 for a 3.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The right-hander gave up five home runs while limiting the opponent to a .229 batting average. His 2.00 ERA was seventh-best among full-season Minor League pitchers while his 166 1/3 innings ranked ninth.

Hendricks was 10-3 with a 1.85 ERA in 21 starts with Tennessee, and gave up four earned runs over 43 innings in his final seven starts with the Smokies. At Iowa, he was 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six starts.

Acquired by the Cubs from Texas along with infielder Christian Villanueva for pitcher Ryan Dempster, July 31, 2012, Hendricks is 21-14 with a 2.42 ERA (94 ER/349 2/3 IP), three complete games and one shutout in 73 career Minor League games, including 52 starts.

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I would certainly think they have just as much chance to leave Spring Training as anyone else on this club. Unless the “suits” put the kibosh on that, which has already been mentioned. Which I find incredulous because most of the fans are not blind. They may be senseless in their adoration of the Cubs, but it doesn’t mean they don’t know the game of a player’s talents. I say wait until next spring before you decide whether or not they are ready to tackle ML hitting or pitching.

Baez committed 44 errors combined. He batted .450 vs LHP, .234 vs RHP at Tennessee; .296 vs LHP, .268 vs RHP at Daytona. I’d say there’s still some developing to do.

Have you fans noted that former Cub Felix Pie is on the Pirate roster? Appears to myself that he is being utilized in late innings as defensive replacement.

Your point being what exactly?

That`s a clever point you make, joey. Hoping it is not a factor as Pirates have their hands full staving off the Cards without any extraneous issues like ex cub factors mucking up the process. But it could rear its ugly head, as we have seen its effect in past with numerous other clubs. I`m thinking it happens with threes though. Am I off base with that? Isn`t it necessary that at least three ex Cubs be on a roster for that negative factor to apply?

I guess I`m sentimental when it comes to ex Cubs, Doug. I need to get over that. Am working on it.

Are you implying that late inning defensive replacements (even with weak hitters) have their place and that Soriano should have been replaced more often when a Cub but Sveum rarely did so?
Just guessing. Marlon Byrd, Felix Pie…..ex cub factor may haunt the Pirates????

Ouch Diamond Jim,Carrie showed you no Muskat Love on that comment.

If the Pirates add another ex Cub to their roster betwixt now and the end ot the regular season, we will know they have a death wish.

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