By Jacob Kornhauser on August 10, 2014
Javier Baez has now been in the major leagues for nearly a week and has already given Chicago Cubs fans a glimpse of his good and bad. There are several things he needs to work on and there are several elite skills he brings to the table. Here are five things he's shown us at the major league level so far.
Baez spent barely any time at second base in the minor leagues and is now playing that position at the big league level. Since moving to second base from shortstop, Baez said things were backward at first, but he's now adjusted. So far, he's been an impressive fielder.
Everyone knew Baez was going to strikeout his fair share at the big league level, but it wasn't apparent just how much swing-and-miss we were going to see in his game. He's already in the double digits in strikeouts and will have to learn a better plate approach if he hopes to succeed in the majors.
Obviously because of his talent and promise, Baez is already a favorite among fans. Along with Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, Baez represents the future of the organization and even as a 21-year old playing in his first major week, he's been getting standing ovations at Wrigley Field.
Baez has some lofty expectations placed on him for a 21-year old, but he can live up to the hype. It seems that people are disappointed whenever he doesn't hit a home run, but in time, expectations will adjust and he should still develop into an all-star eventually.
In his first major league series, Baez blasted three home runs, making him the first player since 1914 to hit three home runs in his first three major league games. The young slugger has shown off power to all fields and could total more than 50 home runs in a single season eventually.
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