Cubs Announce Javier Baez and Arodys Vizcaino Will Not Play in the Arizona Fall League

The Cubs announced on Thursday that Javier Baez and Arodys Vizcaino will not participate in the upcoming Arizona Fall League. Baez is in Chicago, where he and Kyle Hendricks, will be recognized prior to Saturday’s game against the Braves as the team’s Minor League Players of the Year.

Jed Hoyer said Baez indicated that he is “emotionally and physically drained” after playing in a career-high 135 games. Hoyer added the team has no problem with him missing the AFL.

Javier Baez had a monster season at the plate while making progress on and off the field. Baez hit .282/.341/.578 in 130 games between Daytona and Tennessee with 34 doubles, four triples, 37 home runs, 111 RBI and a .920 OPS. Baez went 4-for-19 with two home runs, four RBI, four runs scored and two walks in the Smokies’ five playoff games.

The Cubs also announced the RHP Arodys Vizcaino will not pitch in the Arizona Fall League. Vizcaino was one of four pitchers the Cubs sent to this year’s AFL. Vizcaino will pitch in the Instructional League instead so the Cubs can monitor his innings and his rehab from Tommy John surgery a little better.

Jed Hoyer indicated that Albert Almora could be bumped from the taxi squad to take Javier Baez’s full time spot on the Mesa Solar Sox’s roster. Hoyer said that the AFL was more important for Almora, Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant than Baez. Baez did not miss any developmental time this season where Almora and Soler lost time due to injury and Bryant missed time after the draft. As has been reported, the Cubs are viewing the AFL as a way to get Almora, Soler and Bryant to catch-up with the valuable time they missed this year.

The Cubs could add another player to Mesa’s roster. Right now, the Cubs will have six prospects participating in the AFL: OF Jorge Soler, OF Albert Almora, 3B Kris Bryant, RHP Matt Loosen, RHP Dallas Beeler and RHP Armando Rivero

As for Baez gaining experience at second and third base this fall, the Cubs said he would be moved around during big league camp in Spring Training before beginning the season as Iowa’s shortstop.

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    Amazing……Carlos Marmol is in the playoffs.
    Carlos “Can’t Throw a Freak’in Strike” Marmol.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Marmol has a 3.00 ERA.

      And think about this: he gave up
      4 ER in his first 2 IP, and since then he has
      shut the door every single outing except one, in which
      he gave up 2 ER.

      The guy has pitched well for LA.

      • cubtex

        There will be a lot of ex Cubs in the playoffs this year. Rangers should be in. Jeff Baker, Soto,Garza. Braves with Maholm and Reed Johnson. Dodgers with Marmol. Pirates with Byrd. Any others?

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Dempster….Maybe Soriano…..Archer…

        • Ripsnorter1

          LAD: Jerry Hairston, Jr.
          Reds: Marshall, Caesar Izturis,
          Cards: not one soul
          Pirates: Byrd, Pie, Farnsworth, Josh Harrison
          Atlanta: Maholm, Johnson, Scott Downs,
          BoSox: Dempster,
          Tigers: Al Alburquerque,
          A’s: Josh Donaldson,
          Texas: Baker, Soto, Chirinos, Neil Cotts, Garza,

          And who knows about the other playoff spot.

          • SuzyS

            Neil Cotts is amazing…amazing that he’s still in the game!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Wondering how long before Theo & Jed tells MLB that they got damage goods in the Maholm / Vizcaino trade.

    • Ripsnorter1

      They haven’t figured that out already?
      Surely they know it.

      What you need to wonder is when they will tell the CUBS’ FANS that
      they got nothing for Maholm and Reed Johnson. That will be awhile yet.
      The Kool Aid drinkers still think that Team Theo won that trade.

      • Scott

        I am just very glad that Team Theo is in charge of this team vs. some of the posters on this site….but I won’t name any names.
        Maholm has the same career winning percentage and the 2013 Milwaukee Brewers and have a career ERA below league average. Is he a franchise changing player? No. Could he help us in the short term? Clearly he would, especially in the second half of last year. Reed Johnson is a nice bench player. To turn that into someone with the upside that Vizcaino has/had was a good gamble – even is Vizcaino never pitches again. Those are the risks that must be taken. Some will pay off, some won’t.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I am not saying do not trade these guys;
          I am saying that they got nothing in return for these guys.

          So you still gave up two ML players–one a very cheap starter–
          for nothing in return. Not a good trade.

          • Scott

            The book isn’t closed on Vizcaino. Not by a long shot. This is probably a very smart move by the front office to not have him pitch in the AFL. As the article states, he is still going to pitch, just in the instructional league so they can keep a closer eye on him.
            Unfortunately, it is impossible to trade average ML players and get HOF players, in their prime.
            Vizcaino had a setback, but I don’t see how you can say that it was not a good trade – yet. And as I said before, some moves will pay off, some won’t.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Amen brother.

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