3/17 Baez to start at 2B
Javier Baez will start at second base for the Cubs in their split-squad game at Phoenix against the Athletics on Monday. Baez last played second on a regular basis his freshman year in high school.
“I’m just ready for anything,” Baez said Monday. “I just want to play second. We’ll see how it goes today.”
He’ll be matched up with Darwin Barney, who will start at shortstop against the A’s.
“I’m pretty sure he’ll help me and tell me how to play it,” Baez said.
The Cubs’ top prospect, Baez has been working with infield coach Gary Jones early to learn the different angles needed. Baez was taking grounders at second on Sunday in Las Vegas.
In high school, Baez also played shortstop, catcher and center field. He probably won’t have to catch for the Cubs.
“I don’t think so either,” he said.
— Carrie Muskat