Javier Baez Takes Home a MiLBY for Best Minor League Game of the Year

Javier Baez put together a special season at the plate and he was rewarded for his four home run performance on June 10 with a 2013 MiLBY. Baez was handed the award for Best Game and received both the fan vote and the staff vote for the honor.

Javier Baez went 4-for-4 with four home runs and seven RBI on June 10 while he was with the Daytona Cubs prior to his promotion to Double-A. Baez ended up being named the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year. Baez joined former Cubs’ farmhand, Ryan Harvey, as the second player to collect four home runs in a Florida State League game.

Javier Baez put together a tremendous season at the plate, especially for a 20-year old. Baez does not turn 21 until December 1 and is slated to begin next year at Triple-A Iowa.

After hitting .298/.313/.596 with two doubles and four home runs in 17 games in the Cactus League, Baez reported to Daytona for the start of the season. Baez put together a .274/.338/.535 line with 19 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs and 57 RBI in 76 games for the D-Cubs. Baez then struggled at the Double-A level after hitting a home run on his first swing in a Smokies’ uniform. But Baez settled down and finished his first stint at the Double-A level with a .294/.346/.638 line with 15 doubles, 20 home runs and 54 RBI in 54 games. Baez added a couple of dingers to his season total in the playoffs.

Javier Baez finished the regular season with a .282/.341/.578 line in a career-high 130 games for Daytona and Tennessee. Baez hit 34 doubles, four triples, 37 home runs and drove in 111 runs while collecting 299 total bases (.920 OPS).

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Great season with the bat for Baez. Look at that .638 slugging at AA!
    Yeah, it is only 54 games, but still!

    I hope he matures mentally/emotionally very quickly as well.
    That is usually harder to do than mastering the art of hitting a curve ball.

    • bpot92

      I agree, you look at the Red Sox and Cardinals and many of their rookies are composed and mature on and off the field with the media and team. Granted, we dont have a vet like Chris Carpenter, Wainwright, or Molina to keep them in line, but we will eventually.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Yes, indeed.
        Almora look very polished, especially for a 19 year old kid. He’s very impressive.

  • 07GreyDigger

    To think, Jim Hendry drafted Baez!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Had to get a winning draft hand sooner or later after all those years.

    • Tom U

      Give more credit to Tim Wilken rather than Hendry.

      • 07GreyDigger

        Hendry hired Wilken. See? Hendry was worth something!

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