The last century hasn’t been the picture of success for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs appear to be heading on the right track for the first time in a long while, and with that will come some difficult decisions on what to do with their prospects. The decision that will be the most pressing is going to be with Javier Baez. Baez has filled in a lot for Starlin Castro during spring training this year with Castro hurt and since Baez is a shortstop by trade, the team is going to need to figure out whether to move Baez to a different position or move Castro.
The Cubs are going to try to have Baez play some third base this season at the Double-A level and maybe a little bit in the outfield. I have always thought that Baez should be the team’s shortstop and moving Castro to third base is the best option. There are many who disagree with that, but it sounds like the team is more interested in having Baez try his hand at third base. There is an obvious hole there with no real prospects in line to take that position, so why not Baez?
Baez hit 16 home runs last season at the Single-A level and added 24 stolen bases along the way. I really believe that Baez is going to be at Wrigley Field next season playing somewhere. It could be shortstop or third base or even left field, but Baez is going to be in the everyday lineup. This season needs to be about Baez and his development at whatever position the Cubs put him at. The 2014 season opener will be the next big step for Baez.