Interestingly, the Chicago Cubs‘ highest-paid player just completed two games at Wrigley Field as a visitor in Alfonso Soriano. Some may also argue that the Cubs’ two best hitters are not even on the active roster as well in Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. Fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the two promising young sluggers, but in the meantime, both are displaying major-league power at the minor-league level.
Of Chicago’s top prospects, Baez is likely to be the first called up to the big-league roster when the time comes. During Spring Training, he was getting work in at several different positions around the infield in preparation. He has been in the Cubs’ system the longest and the hype is only growing. Last year, Baez was near the top in MiLB home runs hit. During camp, he broke a car windshield with one of his booming blasts. Now, during a recent game at the Triple-A level, Baez hit a ball completely out of the stadium.
While Baez’ numbers are down a bit from last season, his ceiling is still high for the major-league level. He has raw power that can rival anyone in the show. Baez’s bat is quick through the zone, and the sound when he connects is thunderous. As part of the renovations around Wrigleyville, the Cubs may want to look into padding for neighborhood windows once Baez is ultimately called up to Clark and Addison for insurance purposes.
As the Cubs’ front office is preparing for this year’s First Year Player Draft, their top pick from last year in Bryant continues to hit within the minor-league ranks. Bryant’s first ever game in the Cubs’ organization was a hitless day with multiple strikeouts. Since then, he has not stopped hitting. At the Double-A level, Bryant is hitting over .330 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. Within the Southern League, he currently leads the league in home runs and trails the RBI-lead by just one. Bryant simply continues to impress every day within the organization.
The only disconcerting thing about these two rising stars is with the gloves. Bryant currently has 10 errors while the normally-sound Baez has eight. A grain of salt can be taken with those numbers as each are likely trying out multiple positions to see what will ultimately stick down the road.
Eventually, the highest-paid players and top hitters in the Cubs’ ranks may actually wear Cubs’ uniforms. Until then, the future still remains hopeful thanks to the likes of Baez and Bryant. Instead of the Killer B’s, they can be viewed simply as the Bashing B’s.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.