3/19 Baez hits 5th HR

Now the cactus aren’t safe in the desert from Javier Baez’s home run blasts. On Wednesday, Baez belted his fifth home run, another solo shot, in the Cubs’ 9-6 loss to the Rockies in Scottsdale. Baez’s ball landed in the batter’s eye at Salt River Fields, next to some cactus planted there. He’s already broken two car windows during batting practice this spring.

Baez is slightly ahead of last spring’s pace. In 2013, he hit four home runs in 17 Cactus League games, batting .298 (14-for-47) with 10 RBIs. Those numbers did not include two more homers that he hit in an exhibition game against Team Japan. In 13 games this spring, he’s hitting .308 (12-for-39) with five home runs and five RBIs. You can find a video of Baez’s blast on Cubs.com under the “Video section.” Go to “Cubs Video Highlights.”

There was a scary moment when Baez collided with left fielder Anthony Giansanti in shallow left. Baez stayed on the ground, but got up and stayed in the game. Although Cubs fans would like to see more of Baez, the front office insists he’ll open the season at Triple-A Iowa as the starting shortstop.

— Carrie Muskat


I think he is MLB ready. But I guess Cubs are so loaded of talent that they don’t have a spot for him in the 25-Roster.

its not a talent thing… its a control thing… do you want our potentially best young player in the last 15 yrs to come up too soon so he goes to Free Agency sooner? That would be dumb… we need to get as many cost controlled years from Baez as possible because at this point it looks like he is going to cost $$$ when he does hit FA. Granted a long way off but you gotta keep planning for the future. Baez by July 1st would be awesome… then Alcantara in Late August/September…. possibly Bryant sniffing a little time LATE LATE September if at all.

But Baez will start in Iowa no matter what…..look for a June 30th call up so the Cubs have that extra year for arbitration……no need to rush our top prospects for this year.

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