Javier Baez has been waiting his whole life to hear the word, and Chicago Cubs fans have been waiting a couple years. What everyone wanted to hear was that the Cubs’ top prospect was headed to the big league roster. Disappointingly, he had stayed in Triple-A all season after impressing in spring training. However, Cub Nation need not worry anymore. Baez has finally been called up and will start at second base against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
First reported by CSN Chicago, the move signifies the Cubs are almost ready to start contending. He’s the first of the Cubs’ elite prospects to be called up to the big league squad, but this is only the beginning. He joins Arismendy Alcantara on the big league squad as players of the future just now beginning their Cubs career. Likely to join them in 2015 are top prospects Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler. With so much firepower on its way to the big league squad, there are plenty of reasons for Cubs fans to be optimistic.
Baez figures to start at second base for the remainder of the season, but with him on his way to the majors, the beginning of a new era in Cubs baseball has begun. Now the patience has paid off and all of the prospects everyone has heard so much about will be able to be seen at Wrigley Field very soon. No longer are the Cubs sellers as they’ve built up quite the farm system. They’ve made it apparent they plan to add to the pitching rotation through trades and free agency, but their lineup of the future appears set.
It’s a small step in the 2014 season, but Baez’s performance the rest of the way should excite fans for the future. For most teams, Baez being called up would be the giant move of the rebuild. Luckily for the Cubs, his call-up is just the beginning.