Results tagged ‘ Javier Baez ’

4/8 The development of Javy Baez

The development of Javier Baez continued this past weekend, and Theo Epstein said the team’s top prospect got an important lesson, thanks to his teammates. Baez was hitless in his first nine at-bats at Triple-A Iowa, and ejected from Saturday’s game after arguing a checked swing third strike call. He reportedly exchanged words and had an altercation in the dugout with teammate Eli Whiteside.

“He had a nice conversation with a teammate and that was a good thing,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday. “It’s a tremendously great learning experience.”

Baez ended his hitless streak in style Sunday with a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning.

“I think it was a great development and experience for him,” Epstein said. “He started out not feeling real comfortable at the plate and he let it frustrate him and he showed it on the field. His teammates, they know how good he can be and how good a teammate he can be and they called him out on it.

“He responded just the right way and took it to heart and came back the next day with a pinch-hit home run,” Epstein said. “He’s hit the ball hard in five straight plate appearances. He’s taking the responsibility of being a good teammate and taking it to heart. Experiences like that will just help him get where he needs to be.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/7 Minor matters

* Chris Valaika hit a walk-off RBI single to lift Iowa to a 4-3 win over Memphis on Sunday. Iowa erased a 2-1 deficit when Javier Baez hit a pinch-hit home run in the seventh. It was his first Triple-A hit in 10 at-bats. Eric Jokisch started, and gave up two runs, none earned, on six hits over seven innings. Josh Vitters was 3-for-4.

The home run for Baez came one day after he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Baez’s frustration carried over into the dugout where he and catcher Eli Whiteside were involved in an altercation, according to the Des Moines Register.

“I was mad, he was mad, everybody was mad,” Baez told the Des Moines Register. “We argued a little. Nothing personal.”

Baez talked to Whiteside on Sunday, and patched things up. Baez is aware of the high expectations on him.

“I don’t really care about what other people think,” he told the Des Moines Register. “I’ll do my job and I’ll do the best I can for my teammates and for the team.”

* Dustin Geiger hit a solo home run in the ninth but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 3-2 to Pensacola on Sunday. Geiger was 2-for-3. Ivan Pineyro started, and gave up two runs over four innings.

* Daytona was off on Sunday and scheduled to return to action Monday against Brevard County.

* Quad Cities scored five runs in the seventh to beat Kane County, 7-3. Juan Paniagua started and gave up two runs on three hits and four walks over four innings.

4/6 Minor matters

* Kyle Hendricks gave up six earned runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 11-1 loss to Memphis. Chris Coghlan was 2-for-4. Marcus Hatley struck out four over two innings of relief. Javier Baez was ejected in the third inning for arguing a checked swing third strike call.

“Javy probably should have gotten thrown out,” Iowa manager Marty Pevey told the Des Moines Register. “As soon as he throws his hands up in the air, you’re gone.”

Baez is hitless in his first nine at-bats and has struck out six times.

“He’s frustrated,” Pevey told the Des Moines Register. “There’s frustration there. Anybody that competes is going to react that way. He’s got to understand that all his teammates have his back and we understand.”

On Sunday, Baez delivered a pinch-hit home run in the seventh for Iowa.

* Jake Arrieta served up one run and took the loss in a Minor League rehab start for Tennessee. The Smokies lost, 5-0, in a game shortened because of rain. Arrieta gave up one run on one walk and struck out three. He threw 42 pitches, 28 strikes, and the run scored on a wild pitch in the third inning.

* Albert Almora was 5-for-6 to pace Daytona’s 21-hit attack in a 13-2 win over Brevard County. Every Daytona starter had at least one hit. Tayler Scott picked up the win, giving up two hits over seven shutout innings. Jeimer Candelario hit his first homer, a solo shot in the fourth.

* Tyler Skulina threw six shutout innings but did not get a decision in Kane County’s 2-1 loss to Quad Cities in the first game of a doubleheader. Kane County took the second game, 5-4, in 10 innings. Jake Hannemann and Daniel Canela each hit home runs in the second game.

4/2 Baez, Hendricks on Iowa’s roster

Javier Baez and Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs’ 2013 Minor League player and pitcher of the year, are both on the Triple-A Iowa roster, announced Wednesday.

The roster features 10 players on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, 13 players with Major League experience, and 12 that have played with Iowa before.

Baez is the Cubs’ top prospect after hitting .282 (146-for-517) with 37 home runs and 111 RBI combined between high-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last year. He will be joined by fellow prospects Arismendy Alcantara and Christian Villanueva on the infield. Alcantara represented the Cubs in the All-Star Futures Game in New York last year. Villanueva led the Southern League in doubles, total bases, and extra-base hits last season.

Veterans Lars Anderson and Chris Valaika round out the infield. Both have big league experience. Anderson was up with the Red Sox for 30 games from 2010-12 and Valaika has played 55 games with the Reds (2010-11) and Marlins (2013).

Former top prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters return to the patrol the outfield. They’ll be joined by Matt Szczur, who played at Tennessee last season, and veteran Chris Coghlan, who won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2009.

The Cubs will feature three left-handers in the starting rotation, including 2013 Pacific Coast League All-Star Chris Rusin who will get the start on Opening Day. It’s his second straight Opening Day start for Iowa. The rest of the rotation will be right-hander Carlos Pimentel, Hendricks, lefty Eric Jokisch, and lefty Tsuyoshi Wada. Pimentel signed with the Cubs as a Minor league free agent after seven seasons in the Rangers’ organization.

Hendricks combined to go 13-4 with a 2.00 ERA in 27 starts between Tennessee and Iowa last year, finishing seventh in minor league baseball in ERA. Jokisch, a product of Northwestern University in Chicago, pitched a no-hitter last year for Tennessee, and led all Cubs’ minor leaguers with 137 strikeouts in 160 2/3 innings.

Wada recorded 107 wins in 201 games over nine seasons with Fukuoka in his native Japan before coming to the United States and signing with the Orioles in 2012. He has pitched the last two seasons at Triple-A Norfolk.

The bullpen has six of the eight pitchers who appeared for Iowa in past seasons, including Blake Parker, Casey Coleman, Marcus Hatley, Marcos Mateo, Yoanner Negrin and Zac Rosscup. Eli Whiteside and Rafael Lopez will handle the catching duties.

3/22 Roster moves

The Cubs made roster moves on Saturday. Blake Parker was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, and Javier Baez, Brian Schlitter, Jonathan Sanchez, Chang-Yong Lim, Chris Valaika and Casper Wells assigned to Minor League camp. With the moves, the spring camp roster is now at 37.

3/22 Baez OK after bruising heel

Cubs top prospect Javier Baez was fine on Saturday, one day after coming out of a game because of a right heel contusion suffered because of some bad cleats. With one out in the sixth and the Cubs leading 4-0 against the White Sox, Baez hit a grounder to shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Baez beat the throw but stepped awkwardly on first base and appeared to slip with his right foot.

“It’s happened before,” Baez said Saturday. “I can’t wear [metal] cleats. I reached for the bag and I felt it a little bit on my heel. I could’ve kept playing but it was my last at-bat anyways so they took me out of the game.”

He has no problem with rubber cleats but was wearing the metal ones because of the wet surface in Glendale.

“If I wear cleats, I just have to cut the back cleat and I’ll be all right,” Baez said. “When I hit the ground hard with all my weight, it hurts.”

He said his shoe “pinched” his heel but the pain was gone quickly.

“It bothered me for a couple minutes and it was gone,” he said. “It’s happened before.”

Baez was listed as a reserve on the Cubs’ roster for Saturday’s game against the Reds.

– Carrie Muskat

3/22 Cubs lineup vs. Reds

Edwin Jackson gets the start on Saturday when the Cubs play host to the Reds at Cubs Park in Mesa. Mike Olt, trying to lock up a spot on the Opening Day roster, will make his second start at third base. Luis Valbuena showed his power on Friday, hitting two home runs in a 7-0 win over the White Sox. We’ll get an update on Javier Baez, who bruised his right heel running to first base on Friday in Glendale. Also, Starlin Castro may get some at-bats in the Cubs’ Minor League games in Mesa. The Triple-A and Double-A teams are facing the Giants squads on Saturday.

The Cubs-Reds game will be on WGN-TV and WGN Radio. Here’s the lineup:

Barney 2B
Ruggiano LF
Rizzo 1B
Olt 3B
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Sweeney CF
Murphy SS
E. Jackson P

* If you’re coming to Saturday’s game, please take a moment to check out the Cubs Wives mystery baseball fundraiser in the left field corner, located inside the ballpark. For $30, fans can purchase an autographed baseball. You also can check out some game-used items to purchase. Proceeds go to Paz de Cristo in Mesa.

3/21 Cubs 7, White Sox 0

Luis Valbuena hit two home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the White Sox Friday in Glendale. Chris Rusin was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits over five scorless innings. The lefty combined with Alberto Cabrera, Wesley Wright, Jonathan Sanchez and Brian Schlitter on the shutout, holding the White Sox to three hits. Junior Lake had two hits, including a RBI single, and Ryan Kalish drove in a run. Javier Baez had to leave the game after suffering a right heel contusion in the sixth. He walked off the field on his own, and was to be re-evaluated on Saturday.

* On Saturday, the Cubs will play host to the Reds at Cubs Park in Mesa. Edwin Jackson gets the start against lefty Tony Cingrani.

* Fans are encouraged to take part in the Cubs wives mystery ball fundraiser, which will be held in left field of Cubs Park. For $30, fans will get an autographed ball, signed by a player or a seventh-inning stretch singer. Proceeds go to Paz de Cristo in Mesa.

– Carrie Muskat

3/21 Baez leaves game – UPDATED

Cubs top prospect Javier Baez had to leave Friday’s game with a right heel contusion after stepping awkwardly on first base in the sixth inning on an infield single. With one out in the sixth and the Cubs leading 4-0 against the White Sox, Baez hit a grounder to shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Baez beat the throw but appeared to slip as he stepped on the bag with his right foot.

Cubs assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur went out to talk to Baez, who was lifted from the game. He was to be re-evaluated on Saturday.

Baez entered the game with five home runs, tied with the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautistia, the White Sox’s Jordan Danks, and the Reds’ Chris Heisey for the most in the Majors this spring. Baez also leads the Cubs with 13 hits and 31 total bases. The Cubs infielder finished the day 1-for-3, stranding four runners in his two previous at-bats.

Is there any chance the shortstop will be playing at the big level this year?

“Anything’s possible,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “I can’t discount any of that. In the immediacy, I think we’re as pleased as everybody else is as to how he’s shown this spring. I think he had a pretty good showing last spring also. We’ll just take it day by day and see how we go.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/21 Cubs vs White Sox

The Cubs face their intracity rivals, the White Sox, today in Glendale. Chris Rusin, battling for that fifth spot in the rotation, gets the start. Javier Baez, who shares the Cactus League lead in home runs with five, will start at shortstop. Here’s the lineup:

Bonifacio 2B
Lake CF
Rizzo 1B
Olt DH
Ruggiano LF
Baez SS
Kalish RF
Valbuena 3B
Baker C

Rusin P

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 260 other followers