Chicago Cubs Spring Training: Javier Baez and Kris Bryant Show Sign of Things to Come

By Jacob Kornhauser
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Ron Vesely – Getty Images

As Spring Training has gone on this season, the Chicago Cubs should be getting more and more encouraged by the progress of two of their young future stars. While the team has several young hitters that they’re looking forward to having on the big league team, there are two that are a little ahead of the rest. Those two players would be Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, who have been among the best the Cubs have had to offer this spring.

Baez has put the bat on the ball consistently this spring and when he has, it has usually gone a long way. He is 5-for-15 on the young spring season with two solo home runs, a double and three runs of his own. That’s the kind of production the Cubs will hope to get from the infielder in the near future. With his raw power, he may eventually fit into the Cubs’ plans in the cleanup spot in the lineup.

Bryant has been slightly less impressive overall, but equally so where power is concerned. He is 2-for-8 this spring, and his only two hits have both been mammoth two-run homers. One concerning thing about Bryant’s performance this spring is that in eight at-bats, he has six strikeouts.

Some of that has to do with a learning curve, but Bryant needs to start putting the bat on the ball at a higher clip. Nonetheless, Bryant has displayed the natural power that he hopes to bring to the Cubs’ lineup in the near future. Since he’s such an excellent all-around hitter, Bryant figures well into the No. 3 spot in the Cubs’ future lineup.

It’s very possible that this duo could be the club’s future left side of the infield depending on how management decides to shift around current infielders.

If that’s the case, the Cubs should be in good hands in future years. While there’s surely a learning curve that both players will have to go through and have already gone through in their careers, these two have already shown this spring that there’s reason to be optimistic about the future of baseball on the north side of Chicago.

Jacob Kornhauser is a Chicago Cubs writer for “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or add him to your Google+ network. 

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