Javier Baez picked up Friday night in New Orleans where he left off in July. Baez went 1-for-4 with a run scored and was on base when Jorge Soler crushed his third Triple-A homer. Baez has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and wrapped up an impressive July with his 21st longball of the season.
After a rough start to the year, Javier Baez has shown steady improvement at the plate and in the field before starting his transition to second base. As the Sun-Times pointed out, since May 15 Baez is hitting .305 with 18 home runs and a .596 slugging percentage.
Javier Baez finished July with a .300/.344/.655 slash line. Baez hit nine doubles and 10 home runs for a .999 OPS in 29 games. Baez’s approach at the plate as also improved as the season has progressed.
Since his appearance in Future’s Game in which he created more buzz with his opposite field shot at Target Field, Baez has hit .343/.377/.714 in 18 games with five doubles, seven home runs and a 1.091 OPS.
Home Run No. 21 – July 31
Jed Hoyer addressed whether or not the team would call-up Javier Baez after the trade with the Braves that cleared spots on the field and on the roster for Baez. The Cubs are not in a rush to promote Baez and Hoyer explained that a trade with another team would not speed up their timelines with prospects in the system.
The beat writers caught up with Rick Renteria Friday at Dodger Stadium and asked him about Baez. Renteria said, “There’s no hurry. There’s no pressure to do anything right now. I think when the move is made with him – whenever that is – it will be because everybody’s drawn a clear consensus that the action we’ll take as an organization in right for him, and for us.”
The front office has yet to say Javier Baez will not make his big league debut at some point this season like they did with Kris Bryant. But like Kris Bryant, Javier Baez does not have to be added to the 40-man roster this winter.