Chicago Cubs: Will Javier Baez Arrive In 2014?

By Randy Holt
Javier Baez
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With the Chicago Cubs having been out of contention for quite some time already, the focus has shifted to the future of the organization. With several impact position players throughout the organization, and some promising pitching prospects, the future has the potential to be very bright for the franchise.

When you talk about the Cubs and their top prospects, the first name that comes to mind is that of Javier Baez, the star shortstop in the system that is among the best prospects not only in the Cubs’ system, but in all of baseball. Will 2014 be the time for his arrival? Not quite yet.

Baez had an absolutely brilliant season in 2013. Between High-A and Double-A ball, Baez absolutely destroyed opposing pitching. His power numbers were absurd, mashing 37 home runs for the year, and knocked in 111 runs, along with stealing 20 bases on the season.

From an offensive standpoint, Baez is virtually there. He could step into the big league lineup and hit tomorrow. The Cubs’ brass still sees him starting 2014 in the minor leagues, as he still has some developing to do. His fielding needs work, as there were 44 errors to his name this year. Perhaps a position change could be in order as well.

The question is whether or not Javier Baez will make his first appearance with the Cubs in 2014. Though he starred this year and will appear in the Arizona Fall League, it sounds like the Cubs have their minds made up about him at least starting the season in the minor league ranks.

However, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see him force their hand within the first couple of months of the regular season, and earn a spot before long. The kid is a superstar at the plate, it’s just a matter of what the Cubs do with their roster this winter, and where they see Javier Baez in the field in the long term.

He’s not far, though, and he’s just the first.

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