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5 Things Chicago Cubs Fans Need To Know About Javier Baez

5 Things Chicago Cubs Fans Need To Know About Javier Baez

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Javier Baez recently made his Chicago Cubs debut and is one of the most exciting prospects Chicago has in their system. Very soon, fans of the team will realize just how special a talent he is. These are five things each fan absolutely needs to know.

5. He's The Last Hendry-Era Prospect

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5. He's The Last Hendry-Era Prospect

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Before former GM Jim Hendry was fired, he assisted on the team's 2011 draft. It was there that he took Baez No. 9 overall and changed the Cubs' future course. Even though he was fired shortly after, Baez represents the last bit of the Hendry Era that is still impacting the Cubs.

4. He's The First Elite Prospect To Be Called Up

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4. He's The First Elite Prospect To Be Called Up

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The Cubs have loads of hitting talent in the minor leagues, but for a couple years, that's where they've stayed. That was until the team called up Baez recently and made him the first elite prospect to earn the major league call. Many are soon to follow, but Baez's call up signifies a wave of future talent almost at Wrigley Field.

3. His First Game Showed Signs of Good and Bad

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3. His First Game Showed Signs of Good and Bad

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In his first major league game, Baez showed exactly what can make him great and what can hold him back. He started the night by going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Baez has a lot of swing-and-miss in his game, but that's not all he has in his game. He showed off his raw power in the 12 inning when he absolutely crushed a 415-foot opposite field home run, which gave the Cubs the 6-5 extra innings win.

2. He's Played Less Than 10 Games At 2B Professionally

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2. He's Played Less Than 10 Games At 2B Professionally

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Like so many other top prospects in the Cubs' organization, Baez is being asked to switch positions. He came up as a shortstop, but for now he's stationed at second base. To prepare him for the move, Baez was moved to second base in Triple-A, but didn't even play 10 games there. His bat will keep him in the field wherever he ends up for good.

1. FanGraphs Projects Him To Hit 40+ Homers In His Prime

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1. FanGraphs Projects Him To Hit 40+ Homers In His Prime

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Using a projection system to predict how a minor leaguer will adjust to major league baseball, FanGraphs projects how young players will do at the next level. Over his next four seasons, the statistically-based website projects the young Cubs slugger to smack home run totals of 40, 43, 45 and 46. Those are some lofty expectations to place on a 21 year old.