Cubs Promote Javier Baez to Double-A Tennessee

The Cubs promoted Javier Baez to Double-A Tennessee following Friday night’s game against Brevard County. Baez went 1-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases in what should be his final game in A-ball.

After a rough start to the season, Javier Baez caught fire and was recently named the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Month for June.

Javier Baez hit .274/.338/.535 in 76 games with the D-Cubs that included 19 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs and 12 stolen bases.


Javier Baez’s Page on MiLB.com

The Cubs mentioned the possibility of promoting Baez shortly after the All-Star break and have decided to give one of the top prospects in the system a new challenge. Baez is joining a very talented Tennessee Smokies team and will play at the Double-A level at just 20 years old.

The promotion of Javier Baez to Tennessee should result in Arismendy Alcantara being promoted to Triple-A Iowa. Alcantara was named to the Southern League All-Star team and will participate in the upcoming SiriusXM Futures Game during All-Star weekend. Alcantara is hitting .273/.352/.464/.816 in 82 games for the Smokies with 21 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs and 20 stolen bases.

Arismendy Alcantara’s Page on MiLB.com

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  • J Daniel

    This is good news! How close to being ready is Alcantara? Castro and Barney may soon be expendable.

  • Tom U

    To recap, here’s how this week went to set the wheels in motion for this move. The Cubs dealt Tennessee starting second baseman Ronald Torreyes to Houston for international slot money on Tuesday.

    That left the Smokies with both a hole on their roster and in the lineup. Shortstop Arismendy Alcantara was moved to second base while Elliot Soto moved into the lineup a short. Infielder Brad Zapenas was promoted to Tennessee yesterday to provide depth.

    Smokies Radio reported tonight that infielder Nate Samson was signed by Tennessee. Samson was hitting .216 in 42 games for Winnipeg in the independent American Association. Tennessee will now have to make two more roster moves when Baez reports.

    • KingKongKingman

      considering he was only hitting .274; and still has a wide strike zone with not so great plate discipline; i’m surprised this was done. is he really ready? what happens it he slumps his way thru the rest of year and then has to live with it all off season. why not just let him have success at high A?
      his plate discipline is close to castro’s. I hope he is left alone; not like starlin who has gone from .300 hitter to below .240.

      • Tony_Hall

        Actually his plate discipline has been improving all season and it has led to better all around numbers. No player is being “left alone” as in today’s game that player will not succeed anymore. The other team is dissecting every hitter to find out how to get them out, if you leave them alone, they will have decreasing numbers. Players need to study to be a major league player and need to work on improving their game every day, no different then any other profession.

        He will struggle after moving up, but leaving him to “have success” at A ball level, doesn’t help him develop.

      • John_CC

        He’s 20 year’s old, he will NOT be “left alone.”

    • Tony_Hall

      Also opens up CF in Daytona with Saunders likely to be back in the IF and we happen to have a CF in Kane County who appears ready to move up as well.

  • paulcatanese

    If Baez can handle AA, it’s going to be a problem the Cubs are going to love.
    Although the higher Baez gets in the system the less anyone will put up with except results, he is now getting with teammates that have an idea of what it’s all about.
    But it’s an idea that the Cubs should do, place him where it’s tougher to succeed, he has to be challenged
    and if he can handle it, he will be up sooner than most.

  • Suzy S

    Congrats to Javy…Hope he handles it well…the entire Cubdom world will be watching….

  • Tony_Hall

    Looks like Alcantara is going to be given some time at 2B with Baez, until he gets a call up to AAA. Both these guys look to be playing in Wrigley by the end of next season or early in 2015.

  • Steve Baier

    Cool. Can’t wait to go see the I-Cubs with Alcantara at short.

  • Tony_Hall

    Javy Baez OBP by month

    April 295
    May 315
    June 390
    July 500 (less than a week)