During Spring Training the Chicago Cubs have seen an emerging, young power duo blossom between Mike Olt and Javier Baez. In the first season at the Cubs’ brand new complex Cubs Park, the future of the organization has certainly shined brightly underneath the Arizona sun.
Against Olt’s former team the Texas Rangers, both he and Baez blasted their fourth home runs of the spring. Something that should bring smiles to the faces of Cub fans is the pure power that has been displayed by all of the young guns. The ball has been traveling so far and so fast off of the bats of players like Olt, Baez and Kris Bryant. It certainly makes for an encouraging sign of things to come for a franchise that has finished in fifth place the last few seasons.
Just for good measure, last night Olt also took over the team RBI lead for the spring. Not to be outdone, Baez also ripped a hard-hit double and a line out that was smacked so hard it literally stung the hand of Rangers’ shortstop Hanser Alberto. The legend of Baez’ quick bat is growing daily.
While Baez will start the year at the minor league level, he will undoubtedly be called up to Wrigley Field at some point by season’s end. He was one of the league leaders in home runs a season ago at the minor league level. If the spring is any indication, Baez figures to continue that power surge this year until he is called upon to Clark and Addison.
Olt will likely get his chance to succeed at the big-league level from day one. He has to be the favorite to land the starting third base job for Chicago once camp breaks. It is a great sight to see one of 2012’s top prospects back hitting again. Olt appears fully recovered from sight problems, and he is certainly making it count in his first spring as a Cub.
Baez and Olt are just a few of the players that could lead the new wave of the Cubs’ next generation. The power being displayed this spring could very well become a staple of the Cubs’ next five seasons. Teammate Jason Hammel agrees as he said, “It’s a show of what’s to come.” Olt and Baez are quickly emerging as the next promising young power duo in Chicago and in baseball.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.