Big Night for Javier Baez and Addison Russell Hit Another Longball

Javier Baez had a huge night at Principal Park Saturday. And Addison Russell collected his third straight multi-hit game and hit a home run for second night in a row.

Javier Baez hit two, three-run home runs, one in each game of the twinbill against the Memphis Redbirds. Baez launched a three run shot in the first inning of game one and ended up 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBI. Baez launched his 19th home run of the season in game two, a three-run shot in the first inning. Baez was 1-for-3 in the second game with a home run, a walk and three RBI.

Javier Baez played second base in both games and finished the night 3-for-7 with two home runs, a double, a walk and six RBI.

Addison Russell followed up his two-homer game on Friday night with a 3-for-5 performance Saturday that included a double, a home run and two RBI. Russell is 5-for-10 in his last two games with three home runs, a double and six RBI.

Javier Baez is pushing for a promotion and has played only two games at shortstop since he started playing second base ten days ago. Baez has hit home runs in consecutive games four different times this season after hitting longballs in both games on Saturday night.

 

Since the All-Star break (11 games), Javier Baez is 17-for-43 with five doubles, five home runs, three walks and 10 strikeouts … .395/.429/.860 for a 1.053 OPS. And over his last 23 games, Baez is batting .310/.364/.690 with nine doubles, eight walks, 23 strikeouts and a 1.053 OPS.

 

After a bad start to the season at the plate, Javier Baez is now hitting .259/.320/.499 with 24 doubles, two triples, 19 home runs, 73 RBI and a .818 OPS.

After Saturday night, Addison Russell is hitting .277/.319/.585 in 17 games with the Smokies. Russell has hit two doubles and six home runs for a .903 OPS. And over the last 10 games, Russell is batting .316/.366/.816 with a double, six home runs, two walks, seven strikeouts and a 1.182 OPS.

 

Jorge Soler played in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Soler was 2-for-3 with a double and is 3-for-9 with a double, three walks and two strikeouts in his first three games with Iowa.

PrintKris Bryant picked up a double in the two games. Bryant started at third base and was 1-for-4 in game one and 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in the second game. Bryant has cooled off, somewhat. As was pointed out on the broadcast, Kris Bryant is collecting only one hit a game and not two.

Several of the players in the Cubs system put together good performances Saturday night. Shawon Dunston Jr. (2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a RBI and two runs scored) and Chesny Young (2-for-4 with a triple and a RBI) stayed hot for Kane County, while Jacob Hannemann (6-for-8 with a double, two stolen bases, a RBI and three runs scored) collected six hits in a doubleheader in his Daytona debut.

Dan Vogelbach (4-for-7 with a walk and two RBI), Billy McKinney (3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI, a walk and a run scored) and Kyle Schwarber (2-for-7 with two RBI and two runs scored) helped Daytona take two from St. Lucie. Taylor Davis went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI for Tennessee in the Smokies victory over Birmingham.

On the pitching front, Tayler Scott pitched five shutout innings for Daytona and struck out eight batters without issuing a walk. Paul Blackburn was charged with five runs, two earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Dan Straily struggled Saturday night and gave up five runs on seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over five innings.

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  • triple

    Baez has been all the rave lately, and it’s really nice to see him turn his season around and responding big time to adversity. Hopefully he keeps this up through August and we will see him in Chicago by September, maybe sooner. Bryant, on the other hand is showing that he still has plenty to achieve and overcome. It will be good to see how he works through his first slump in pro ball.

    • GaryLeeT

      How can you objectively look at both players, and conclude one is ready, and the other isn’t? Based on one hot or cold weak? I know you couldn’t have used their stats over an equal period of time. Like one Ks every 3.3 ABs and the other at 3.6? Or compared a .967 to .950 fielding percentage? BA? OPS? Slugging? HR frequency rate? Could not be any of those.

      • triple

        It’s pretty simple to see this, if you looked at how they’ve done at their levels, you’d see how Bryant is struggling right now, almost in the same way that Baez looked in spring training. He can hit homers, but he’s not doing much when there are runners on base, much less scoring position. His AAA batting average will soon be below .300. Like his BA, his walk rate is also dropping. In fact everything is dropping. He came into AAA and had slow couple first games and then he went off and looked like it wasn’t going to be any different than the lower levels. Well it looks like the AAA pitching has caught up to him. They have adjusted to Bryant, yet he hasn’t adjusted back. Maybe he’s working on some stuff and the results aren’t showing yet, but he’s clearly not ready for the majors. In June Bryant hit a HR every 7.5 ABs, and for July, he’s hitting one every 17 ABs. That’s probably his lowest HR/AB rate since being in pro ball.

        last 10 games: BA .237, OBP .326, SLG .395, OPS .720
        RISP (AAA): .188/.264/.438/.702

        And you are yelling and screaming that this guy is ready for the majors?

        Also, I did not say that Baez is ready right now. Maybe you need to reread what I typed and not put words in my mouth. I said if he keeps doing what he’s been doing lately, he will be ready. So maybe you need to objectively look at both players and decide for yourself and not always be so agitated by my posts and opinions.

        • GaryLeeT

          “And you are yelling and screaming that this guy is ready for the majors?”

          First off, I type silently, don’t you? Secondly, you show me 10 games worth of stats (which are not that horrible btw) as proof positive of your position? Oh brother.

  • The Dude Abides

    Baez seems to start every promotion with a slow start as he adjusts. Would be nice to see the slow start and adjustments start in August so next season he is that much closer. Two months and spring training would really give him some time.
    Any stats or Baez in Iowa since ManRam has arrived?

    • GaryLeeT

      Or…..you could go to the Baseball Reference page of both players, look at the game logs, and then tell us.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Maybe he’s busy this afternoon and on his phone or something? Don’t have to passive/aggressive ridicule him for asking a question.

        • GaryLeeT

          Boardy, I am going to ask you nicely to please stop interpreting my inflection or intent. If you want to know what I meant by what I wrote, please ask. Oh, and to imply somebody doesn’t have an extra minute to look something up is just plain silly.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Gary, as you know by my constant typos. I post a lot from my telephone when I’m on the go. In those cases I wouldn’t be able to search baseball reference and dissect the fine print of those charts. I’m sure there are many other reasons someone might not. Plus Tony, Rip, Mike and others kind of seem to enjoy finding and posting stats. Sometimes I enjoy it.

            I don’t think there’s anything that I inflected or misinterpreted. You’re comment was pretty straightforward in it’s attempt to give him a hard time. I’d suggest if you post something like that follow it with :) or a follow up line after with another statement. That way there is no misinterpretation.

            Obviously you don’t have to take my suggestion and will likely tell me to mind my own business. But the past few days you’ve struck me as a bit contrite and I was kind of surprised. As I told you I kind of had you pegged as this guy who spends his days kicking puppies and tripping blind people. There’s a big chance and I hope that I’m wrong.

            But because of a relative accident, now you know that I felt that way and maybe others do too. Do you want to change that impression? Perhaps you don’t. And again, I’m not saying I’m right. But if one person has thought that, maybe there’s something to it?

          • GaryLeeT

            It’s not really my job to change your, or anybody else’s perception of me, because that’s on you. I don’t assume the worst in people, and I expect the same in return. If you don’t live by that credo, there is nothing I can do about that. Besides, why would my case for saying you are being overly sensitive be any less valid than than your perception of me? Look, if I am am not sure about someone’s intent I ask in accusatory kind of way, and sorry, I just don’t use smiley faces. When I am not kidding around, I am direct and would say something like “Hey lazy ass, get off your butt and find it yourself” See the difference?

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I read your comments every day. It’s not beyond belief that I may have developed some intuitive perceptions of your personality.

            If you don’t care then fine. The way you replied kind of reinforces my perception. I was trying to tell you that I may be wrong. But maybe others feel the same. If that’s the perception you’re going for than it’s working. But if not you might consider what I said. Personally, I wouldn’t want to be perceived that way and if it was pointed out I would probably try to change the tone of my poss somewhat. If you don’t care, then fine. That’s your prerogative.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I’m a pretty happy person, and I always see the good in people. I tend to get myself into trouble sometimes because I want to believe most people are generally nice, honest and caring. Sometimes I’m proved wrong.

          • GaryLeeT

            I have been writing the same way here for 6 1/2 years, and I do it for my own personal enjoyment. I am not really interested in gaining mass approval of my style or comments from others. My needs that are met here are simple. I just enjoy reading Neil, Tom, Chris, and Bryan’s articles, and tapping out my thoughts. I do it as a cathartic ritual to sooth the angst of a fan that supports the losingest team in sports history. I appreciate you trying to save me from myself, but myself is doing just fine.

          • GaryLeeT

            “Gary, as you know by my constant typos. I post a lot from my telephone when I’m on the go.”

            See, this is what you do. You take your personal situation and apply it to everybody across the board. Do you think that’s reasonable position?

    • Tony_H

      320/402/611/1.103

      With 12 2B’s and 6 HR’s.

      http://www.fangr
      aphs.com/statsd.aspx?playerid=sa597757&position=SS&type=&gds=2014-06-26&gde=2014-07-25&season=

    • Tony_H

      And since Bryant has come up. (Bryant was up before Manny showed up)

      .333/.401/.629/1.030 – 151 PAs

    • Zonk

      That is very true, statistically Baez has struggled at every new level for about a month….then demolished it. Let’s all remember that if he is hitting .180/.210/.380 his first month at Wrigley…..

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Baez is looking all figured out at AAA just in time to help make a decision to promote him much easier. I like how much he has adjusted and improved over season at AAA. I believe that in another month or so we will see Bryant’s stats start to look more like they did at AA and other levels. He’s just leveled out a bit for the first time in his career and adjusting. He’s still playing better than most people, but for considering what he had done elsewhere, IMO he is finally facing some adversity and it will help long run.

      Adversity for Bryant is a career year for some. I predict his September stats are as good as he’s had anywhere.

  • GaryLeeT

    If I remember right Bryant has been playing pretty much nonstop for over a year, and might be a little gassed. Add that to his realization there is no number he could possibly put up to get him promoted, he may be subconsciously be putting it on cruise control.

    • paulcatanese

      Exactly, he is pacing himself, smart move, looking for no highs or lows.

    • triple

      So you are saying he’s mailing it in since he is upset he will not be promoted? Yet, you say he’s ready for the majors. You make him sound like a primadonna with that statement!

      • GaryLeeT

        Subconsciously: acting or existing without one’s awareness

        See how nice I am by reaching out to help make you smarter person?

        • Tony_H

          FWIW – Bryant has been working on a part of his swing that HE feels a need to improve before he goes to the majors. Doesn’t sound like he has cruise control.

  • mutantbeast

    Baez now has 19Hrs and 73 rbis. Is it Manny or the Kris Bryant effect? Either way, Its great to see.

    • BigJonLilJon

      Would have to say its more of the effect of Bryant.

      • GaryLeeT

        I agree. One would expect Baez to see better pitches with Bryant, and now Soler hitting behind him.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      I think Manny has a lot to do with it. But obviously there are opinions for both options. I’d like to see what he gives credit to.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    anymore seen a projection of where McKinney ranks among our prospects now? trying to get a gauge of what people expect he is or could become.

    • Tony_H

      The only one I saw was a Top 20.

      1) Bryant
      2) Baez
      3) Russell
      4) Alcantara
      5) Almora
      6) Soler
      7) Schwarber
      8) Tseng
      9) Edwards
      10) McKinney
      11) Johnson
      12) Hendricks
      13) Vizcaino
      14) Blackburn
      15) Underwood
      16) Jiminez
      17) Vogelbach
      18) Zastryzny
      19) Torres
      20) Clifton

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Tseng is a not that familiar name to be in top 10, it seems.

        I feel like a year or two ago, Vizcaino was much higher up, too.
        Pretty good list.

        • Tony_H

          Tseng is going to be good. I have seen him pitch in person.

          “He is excelling as a 19 year old in a full season league. He has shown fastball (90-94) command and has flashed one of the best breaking balls in the system. Add a feel for pitching, makeup, and poise on the mound and you have the whole package. Once the Cubs feel confident that he is physically mature enough to handle a MLB load, he will be in the major league rotation as long as he is healthy. That could be as soon as 2 years from now.”

      • Zonk

        McKinney was a good get for us. He is the 2nd youngest player in the FSL, one year out of high school, yet is more than holding his own. That’s impressive.

        He is a BA top 100 prospect IMO; my guess toward the back, but still in there.

      • GaryLeeT

        The first pitcher comes in at #8, and he’s 2 or 3 years away. The only one who’s ready is at #12. I will feel better about the farm system when it’s more balanced.

        • Tony_H

          We could get rid of all those elite hitters that are keeping the pitchers from being ranked higher. Actually we will as many of them get promoted in the next year.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Definitely! I think it’s more a credit to the value of our hitters than anything. Edwards was in top 5 preseason if I’m not mistaken. And when healthy he has been great.

          • GaryLeeT

            You mean trading a couple for Stroman like arms? I am all for that.

          • Tony_H

            A couple??? No thanks!

            The Cubs were asking for Stroman and Sanchez at one point for Samardzija, then recieved Russell in the deal. The A’s wouldn’t do Russell for Samardzija, so they expanded the deal to what it was. Now, if they traded Russell they would get Stroman, plus more, not the other way where the Cubs would have to throw in a Schwarber with a Russell to get Stroman.

          • GaryLeeT

            Done!

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I wish we could have! Storms would have been awesom! Too bad they wouldn’t give him up. I read where that was the big sticking point at one time. I’m glad we didn’t accept Sanchez and less. Sanchez may be good. But I prefer what we got.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I’ve heard they are after more veteran arms. Strategy is to get MLB types when we have a productive lineup in place. We’ll make some trades at some point, but it will be for a Price or Lester type. And Tseng, Edwards, Black and co aren’t far away. Couple of years. Then Sands and those guys behind. If we put the number 18 & 19 pitching prospects in baseball in our system they would probably have trouble cracking top ten.

          • GaryLeeT

            It depends on your perspective. A couples of years is far away for some. I know they will even it out eventually, but as usual, and like most fans, I want eventually to be sooner rather than later. That way, whether the need be an arm or position player, they just can just reach down into the farm, and pluck one out.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Can’t argue there. Would be nice to have. But I do understand the idea that they have of if giving up assets they want to stack the deck for success of the received prospect. And with all the young guys going down with arm injuries, that is hard to argue with as well. Hopefully by 2016 we have a few in top 10.

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        Vogelbach, Vizcaino and Hendricks would be in a lot of teams top ten. Maybe top 7 or 8

    • BigJonLilJon

      If your looking for all prospects, MLB is unveiling an updated top 100 tonight that includes newly drafted players. Can’t remember the time but I know it airs on mlb network. Should be full of Cubbies!!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        8:00pm CDT on MLB Network tonight. Thanks for mentioning the special

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I missed it! Any replay?

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