Javier Baez appears to be getting into a rhythm with the Iowa Cubs and his strikeout to walk ratio over the last five games shows he is applying the adjustments he was sent to the minors to work on.
Baez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two strikeouts in Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to the Nashville Sounds (Oakland A’s) at Principal Park. Baez hit his second home run of the season that Randy Wehofer described as “a missile” that landed on top of the outfield skyboxes beyond the left field wall.
For the season (13 games), Javier Baez is batting .265/.357/.429 with two doubles, two home runs, five walks and 16 strikeouts for a .786 OPS.
Take out his first game of the season and Baez is 12-for-43 with a double, two home runs and five walks for a .279/.380/.442 line and a .822 OPS. Baez has struck out 13 times in those 12 games.
The Cubs have Baez playing both second base and shortstop. Baez has started eight games at second base and five at shortstop. Baez has been charged with four errors.
With the Cubs staying above .500 at the big league level, Javier Baez is back in the rumor mill as a player the front office could use in a trade to add pitching to the Major League staff.
Despite what Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said publicly, the mainstream media does not see where Javier Baez would fit on the big league team with Starlin Castro, Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant currently occupying the infield.
When Baez is ready to be recalled, the front office has plans in place and has discussed scenarios that would allow Joe Maddon to insert Baez into the same starting lineup as Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro and Addison Russell. As Epstein pointed out just before Baez reported to Iowa at the end of April, he is going to need time in Triple-A to make the changes they discussed with him at the end of Spring Training.
For now, there is no reason to figure out where Javier Baez would play in the field and the possible ripple effect he will have on the Cubs’ roster when he is called back up. Baez applying the changes to his approach and producing at the Triple-A level is what should be monitored on a daily basis.