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Javier Baez - SS CHC

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Anyone know why The Cubs 2011 first round pick (9th overall) has yet to play in the minors?

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He's in extended spring training. Playing pretty well, heard about some maturity issues though. Not a big issue for a guy like him to be still be in extended ST. Bubba and a couple other guys are doing that as well...

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Anyone know why The Cubs 2011 first round pick (9th overall) has yet to play in the minors?

He sounds like a total punk from a few of the stories out there, I guess he hit a bomb Vs the Angels in extended spring training and look a real nice long gaze at it and then took forever to get around the bases. One of the Angels coaches said, "RUN THE BASES!!" while he was watching it, apparently he watched it so long it made Justin Upton look like Joey Votto after a bomb.

When Baez crossed home plate he said, "I can do whatever the F I want", which lead to benches clearing, no altercations - but he certainly isn't making friends.

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Found some "unofficial" extended spring training stats on Baez.

(12 GAMES - 44 PA) – 3 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 9 R, 0/13 BB/K, 3 SB (0 CS)

DEFENSE: 6 ERRORS

I wonder what would be the most comparable minor league level in terms of competition. 3 doubles 3 triples and 3 HRs. Looks like hes really driving the ball. I also read that he hit for the cycle already.

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It like a high school all star game in terms of level of play, with a few injured major league players mixed in

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It like a high school all star game in terms of level of play, with a few injured major league players mixed in

extended spring training is comparable to a highschool all star game?? I would have to think the level of competition is much higher than that.

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It like a high school all star game in terms of level of play, with a few injured major league players mixed in

No.

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No.

16-19 yr old players with more than half of them learning to play defense at a postion that they never played. All they want to do is hit and let someone else go get the ball. Not even major college level

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16-19 yr old players with more than half of them learning to play defense at a postion that they never played. All they want to do is hit and let someone else go get the ball. Not even major college level

So it isn't even major college level, yet most major college level programs won't have more than a few players drafted. Makes sense.

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So it isn't even major college level, yet most major college level programs won't have more than a few players drafted. Makes sense.

Be will to wager more players from major college progams get drafted than players in short season ball or rookie ball every make it to low A ball. And that where almost all the players in extended spring ball are headed.

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Be will to wager more players from major college progams get drafted than players in short season ball or rookie ball every make it to low A ball. And that where almost all the players in extended spring ball are headed.

The fact of the matter is, people in extended spring training are getting paid to play baseball. People in high school all star games and college aren't. To even compare them is asinine.

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The average college player sucks with the wooden bat. There is a big difference between extended spring training and college, let alone high school. There are certainly some raw players in extended spring training, but the talent is there. The pitchers also have much nastier stuff than most college pitchers.

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The average college player sucks with the wooden bat. There is a big difference between extended spring training and college, let alone high school. There are certainly some raw players in extended spring training, but the talent is there. The pitchers also have much nastier stuff than most college pitchers.

Especially in the velocity department, not as much though in command and more refined secondary offerings - if your referring to quality D1 ball, and not a CC in North Dakota.

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Been moved up to A ball. Dude was killing extended spring.

In the field and at the plate. LOL

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This guy has absolutely ridiculous power. He hit a 420ish FT HR last night and he followed that up by hitting one being estimated between 430-450FT today. That is Stanton type power.

Kevin Goldstein ‏@Kevin_Goldstein

Javier Baez crushes a home run to center. Just crushed. Sold.

Kevin Goldstein @Kevin_Goldstein

RT @15daysinmay: @Kevin_Goldstein Baez just hit a bomb over the batter's eye. 430-plus is a good estimate.

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Anyone know why The Cubs 2011 first round pick (9th overall) has yet to play in the minors?

He sounds like a total punk from a few of the stories out there, I guess he hit a bomb Vs the Angels in extended spring training and look a real nice long gaze at it and then took forever to get around the bases. One of the Angels coaches said, "RUN THE BASES!!" while he was watching it, apparently he watched it so long it made Justin Upton look like Joey Votto after a bomb.

When Baez crossed home plate he said, "I can do whatever the F I want", which lead to benches clearing, no altercations - but he certainly isn't making friends.

My brother was at that game on the Angels' side. He said Baez is a stud.

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I saw him in his 1st and 2nd game this year, and bet he has a ton of stikeouts with very few walks and 3 times more errors than homers when the season is over. Very raw

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Got a chance to see him in person in Peoria. Wow. Kid is a natural hitter. Definitely got a little of Sheffield in his swing. Fun to watch. He's very aggressive at the plate, but the patience should come with age.

Between Castro, Rizzo, and Baez the Cubs should have a pretty awesome infield for years. I would imagine Baez will move to third if he can't cut it at short.

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Another 400+ ft blast and his 5th SB of the season. He's also gotten a lot of praise from a few different scouts on his play at SS. His value would skyrocket if he had a decent chance of sticking at SS.

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Holy cow that ball was crushed....by Javier Baez. Over the scoreboard here at Pohlman Field. Completely over the scoreboard. into the trees

Estimated at nearly 450ft. Kid has unreal bat speed.

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Another HR that goes over the scoreboard. I was kidding the first time I mentioned Stanton type power, but I'm starting to wonder......

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This kid's power/bat speed is unreal. Gonna be a stud, mark my words.

Things Javier Baez has homered over so far: Kane County videoboard, KC batters eye, both Beloit scoreboards.

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This kid's power/bat speed is unreal. Gonna be a stud, mark my words.

Things Javier Baez has homered over: Kane County videoboard, KC batters eye, both Beloit scoreboards.

Agreed. He definitely passes the eye test.

My brother actually ripped a hole through the KC batters eye taking bp the other day.

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