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Monday, August 04, 2014

What can we expect from Javier Baez?

Cubs recall Baez for Tuesday night’s game in Colorado, where he’ll play second base.  The youth movement is finally arriving.

Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:17 PM | 70 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Eric P. Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4764358)
Strikeouts. So many strikeouts. Probably some HR's, too.
   2. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4764361)
#1 is right, of course.

Seems that we will see tons of HR's and 2B's in September and more K's in August....
   3. McCoy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:54 PM (#4764372)
A team with Rizzo, Castro, Bryant, Baez, Lake, Alcantara, and a healthy Castillo could very well break the major leaugue strikeout record.
   4. Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:08 PM (#4764382)
And be a damn sight prettier to watch than the "lineup" the Cubs have been fielding most of this season...

FWIW, I don't think Lake's long for the starting lineup (he's pretty much lost his job already, between Alcantara being called up [and presumably shifted to CF long-term with the Baez call up to to play second], and Coghlan's going all 2009 on us).
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4764386)
Why Baez instead of Bryant? Baez's AAA numbers don't look like someone who's ready for MLB. Bryant's do.
   6. McCoy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4764391)
Valbuena is hitting wellish, they have an opening at CF/2B, and it keeps Bryant's service clock from starting.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4764399)
Disappointment. Confusion. Probably some HRs too.

What is Mike Olt's future? 1B? Trade? AAA?
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:33 PM (#4764400)
Valbuena is hitting wellish, they have an opening at CF/2B, and it keeps Bryant's service clock from starting.

Valbuena can play 2B.
   9. T.J. Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4764401)
My guess:

Because Baez has been at AAA all season, started awfully, and has made some nice adjustments since about June 1 (K rate down a bit, BB rate up a good bit, IIRC). Both at high-A and AAA, it took him a while to adjust. They might want him to go through that adjustment period, if any, this season and be ready to play well from the start of 2015.

Bryant has only spent about two months at AAA and the FO presumably wants him to get some more AAA ABs, while preserving the service clock until next May. He hasn't needed an adjustment period to anything so far, obviously.

As always, SSS warnings abound.
   10. zonk Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:38 PM (#4764404)

Because Baez has been at AAA all season, started awfully, and has made some nice adjustments since about June 1 (K rate down a bit, BB rate up a good bit, IIRC). Both at high-A and AAA, it took him a while to adjust. They might want him to go through that adjustment period, if any, this season and be ready to play well from the start of 2015.


Right - same deal last year in AA. I'm expecting Baez to struggle initially.... but he's gotta be up to stay at this point.

Bring up Bryant in September and honestly, I'd be looking forward to watching that lineup. It'll have its moments of incredible frustration, I'm sure - but I honestly think it would be the most fun lineup I can remember in quite some time.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:50 PM (#4764410)
Did Baez get much of a bonus? I wouldn't be surprised to see him sign a long-term deal this year.

Bryant, they're probably pushing his service time back. No way he signs a long-term deal after his large bonus.
   12. Cabbage Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:21 PM (#4764431)
Answering several questions:

Baez got a $2.625 million signing bonus.

Baez has improved significantly since a terrible first six weeks of the season. That's been his pattern at every stop so far: play like ass for a month or two, then hit the ever-loving snot out of the ball.

I can see Lake getting sent back down.

Mike Olt? He's still got a chance, but I get this nagging feeling his best years will come with the Nippon Ham Fighters.
   13. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:21 PM (#4764432)
What is Mike Olt's future?

I suspect it will involve the letters D, F, and A.
   14. zonk Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:39 PM (#4764440)
There's room for Olt on the 40 man still.

You don't want to find yourself letting the next Chris Davis or Jose Bautista go for a song - kid's got legit power. Up the BB rate and I think he could be moderately passable at a bench TTO guy that can 1B/3B.

I doubt he ever amounts to much, but there's no need to just cut him loose.... Josh Vitters is still on the 40 man... I'd rather just ditch him.
   15. McCoy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:48 PM (#4764443)
Valbuena can play 2B.

And there is still the the third of the sentence.
   16. SteveM. Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:35 PM (#4764461)
About damn time. Now when is Soler coming up?
   17. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:37 AM (#4764478)
There's room for Olt on the 40 man still.


To do what? Make fart noises with his armpits for the entertainment of younger players?
   18. Walt Davis Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:39 AM (#4764479)
Bryant's do.

Bryant's been "slumping" I think. 310/410/650 at AAA looks nice and shiny but it used to be about 350/450/700 if I recall. So he's hit about 260/360/600 over the last 20 games or so -- not shabby but if the 260 is "real" that translates to about 230 in MLB and the 27% K-rate probably becomes 30% and then he'll start pressing and ...

I'm semi-serious although I'm not certain on those numbers. But if he has a hot 2-3 weeks, he'll be up.

Valbuena's a good enough bench player. Does Olt have an option left? Does he have two (for next season)? He's got some chance of becoming a Branyan or Chris Carter (more likely) but probably for another team.

I wouldn't worry about it though -- small sample but his AAA BA is just 212 and minor-league career of 261. His ML BABIP so far is 162 ... sure a lot of that is bad luck but I'd guess a lot of it isn't. Chris Davis hit 318 in the minors and 337 in AAA and even in Tex his BABIP was about 325-330, so Olt shows no signs of being in Davis's class.
   19. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:40 AM (#4764480)
What is Mike Olt's future? 1B? Trade? AAA?


Selling insurance?
   20. Walt Davis Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:42 AM (#4764481)
And what am I expecting from Baez?

I will give him his choice of these three for 2015:

275/326/427
271/312/372
251/311/409

I do not want to see 283/352/488.
   21. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:52 AM (#4764483)
Dunstons rookie line?
   22. SouthSideRyan Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:14 AM (#4764486)
The last guy I recall looking as lost at the plate as Mike Olt was this year was Josh Vitters. Hitting .139 over 187 ABs seems almost impossible.
   23. Norcan Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:49 AM (#4764489)
Bryant's been "slumping" I think. 310/410/650 at AAA looks nice and shiny but it used to be about 350/450/700 if I recall. So he's hit about 260/360/600 over the last 20 games or so -- not shabby but if the 260 is "real" that translates to about 230 in MLB and the 27% K-rate probably becomes 30% and then he'll start pressing and ...

I'm semi-serious although I'm not certain on those numbers. But if he has a hot 2-3 weeks, he'll be up.


I don't think your numbers are right. I don't know why you're going off memory or guessing since his stats are readily available online. In his last 10 games according to milb.com, his slash line is 345/525/759, with 9 BB and 10 Ks. In the month of July according to baseball america, he hit 300/402/590, which was a "slump" from his first 12 games of Triple-A when he hit 333/412/800. He did have a stretch where his power slumped, when he went homerless in 11 straight games in July but he's hit 3 homers in 7 games since breaking out of it.

His scouting report reminds me a bit of Paul Goldschmidt in that his power is rated extremely high but his bat speed is only rated average. That seems to be why his hit tool gets only 55 ratings or so and his batting average is projected to be in the 270s even though he's hit for extremely high averages at every level in the minors. At his peak, I think he's capable of hitting for a better average than many project just like Goldschmidt has.
   24. Walt Davis Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:49 AM (#4764497)
Maybe because I didn't know his daily stats are readily available online. Alas it only seems to give performance over the last 10 days so I can't even check my crappy memory which was guesstimating him over his last 20-25 games. Anyway, certainly red hot at the moment.

I don't expect Bryant to hit for a good average in MLB, at least not for a while. Goldschmidt's certainly a reasonable comp but his minor-league K-rate was a good bit better, especially at AA (he never played AAA). For at least his first couple of years, I'd expect Bryant to K in about 30-33% of his ABs (about 27-30% of his PAs), maybe a bit more if it takes him a while to get the walk rate up. So even hitting 270 will require him to be near-Ruth when he hits it (which is not impossible for a short period of time).

Dunstons rookie line?

You're sort of on the right track but Shawon's rookie line was 260/310/388 or 250/278/411 in his first full season. The do not want line is not a SS and think something even worse than a terrible walk rate!

   25. Norcan Posted: August 05, 2014 at 05:27 AM (#4764499)
When Goldschmidt was Bryant's current age, he struck out 26.8 percent of the time in High-A ball. Bryant's struck out 25.9 percent in Double-A and 27.4 in Triple-A. Goldschmidt dropped his K-rate to 20.1 in Double-A at age 23 so yeah, Bryant's going to have to show better contact ability but he's in his first full year of the minor leagues. Even besides the knocks against their bat speed, other things that made me think of the comparison are their flat bat setup and surprising speed for their size.

With Baez, I expect strikeouts of course but also possibly a few homers out of the Wrigley, maybe way out if the conditions are right. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few highlight reel defensive plays either. His actions in the field are pretty slick and acrobatic.
   26. McCoy Posted: August 05, 2014 at 07:08 AM (#4764501)
You guys know that BRef has gamelogs and splits for minor leaguers, right?

Bryant has gone .284/.422/.552 over his 20 games.
   27. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:31 AM (#4764510)
The last guy I recall looking as lost at the plate as Mike Olt was this year was Josh Vitters. Hitting .139 over 187 ABs seems almost impossible.

I'm surprised his BABIP is as low as it is, since I've assumed his problem is his uncanny inability to put the ball in play in the first place (but when he does, he shows legitimate power). At the risk of stating the obvious, you just can't strike out 2-3 times a game (literally) and be successful.

Olt's now 26, so I'm thinking Branyan represents his best-case scenario.
   28. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:32 AM (#4764511)
Bryant has gone .284/.422/.552 over his 20 games.

Yeah, if that's his version of a slump/"adjustment period," I'll take it.
   29. zonk Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:49 AM (#4764515)
I'm not sure what Olt's DL status was for his lost last year in Texas - but he definitely has an option available this year and potentially next.

Here's remaining dead weight on the 40 man (assuming bbref is right) as I see it...

Chris Rusin
Blake Parker
Chris Valaika
Josh Vitters
Brett Jackson

Of course, Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva can disappear, too (so, too, can Schierholtz and Sweeney).

Soler and Watkins are already on the 40 man. Fujikawa should be back soon - MacDonald is out for the year, no?

Other than Bryant, there's Christian Villanueva - but he's now pretty hopelessly buried. I like Eric Jokisch. The Cubs like Armando Rivero and Dae-Eun Rhee. Other than that - it's really just Almora and Russell, neither of whom seem to be 40 man adds until next year.
   30. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4764542)
Brett Jackson has a .663 OPS in AAA at age 25, and it's at least his third season at that level. Think maybe it's time to cut bait. Not that I wouldn't cut Schierholtz or a number of other guys first...
   31. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4764567)
I can't believe Vitters and Brett Jackson are still around. I figured it was time to write them off two years ago when they came up in July (August?) and proceeded to remind everyone what the average Hendry position draft pick could do at the ML level.

So this move presumably send Alcantara to CF, yes? I'll admit to being only vaguely familiar with the Cubs' farm system outside of the "big dogs." Does Alcantara project to be in the plans for when the Cubs are any good again?
   32. McCoy Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4764579)
Um, Baez is an average Hendry position draft pick as well.
   33. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:16 AM (#4764598)
I don't think I said he wasn't?
   34. Dan The Mediocre Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:26 AM (#4764604)
I can't believe Vitters and Brett Jackson are still around. I figured it was time to write them off two years ago when they came up in July (August?) and proceeded to remind everyone what the average Hendry position draft pick could do at the ML level.


I don't necessarily know if the draft picks were that bad, but the minor league coaching seemed to be really bad. That we suddenly have lots of really good prospects coming through is at least as much better coaching as it is better drafting and signing.
   35. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4764617)
Um, Baez is an average Hendry position draft pick as well.

Oddly it was the draft that Hendry ran after he already knew he was getting fired. So maybe the difference/silver lining here is that Hendry wasn't around for Baez's development? (I am amused by the implication in my wording that Hendry is some sort of boogeyman.)

Does Alcantara project to be in the plans for when the Cubs are any good again?

Yes. I don't think the Cubs would be upset if he locks down CF now (yes, he's the starting CF the rest of this year save injury or horrible slump or something, I dunno).
   36. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4764618)
Does Alcantara project to be in the plans for when the Cubs are any good again?

I think so, yes. He's a highly regarded prospect in his own right (MLB.com's #37), just not at the Bryant/Baez/Russell level.
   37. McCoy Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4764634)
I doubt Thed will pull a Rosie Brown on him next season.
   38. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4764638)
Yeah, I'm not excited about the idea of moving Alcantara for Baez. I only saw a couple of games but Alcantara looked very good in the field and he's no slouch of a prospect himself. I will be interested to see if Baez, Russell, Alcantara, and Castro are all Cubs at the trade deadline next season. I don't think Chicago wants to risk one of those prospects being very good elsewhere and they don't want to form over a cheap, solid player at SS for pennies on the dollar. Obviously it's unlikely all those three prospects pan out but the trick is correctly predicting who will fail.

I believe Baez was drafted during the Hendry-is-secretly-fired period and he had no participation in that draft?
   39. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:57 AM (#4764648)
Yeah, I'm not excited about the idea of moving Alcantara for Baez. I only saw a couple of games but Alcantara looked very good in the field and he's no slouch of a prospect himself.

Why? He has the tools to be a plus CF, and has looked just fine out there from what I've seen. I obviously haven't seen Baez as much, but he doesn't seem to be a CF type, 3b is spoken for, so if he can hack it at 2b it's much more ideal than moving him to a corner OF spot.
   40. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4764664)
Agree with Moses, though I agree with Pops' assessment of Alcantara's defense at second. The Cubs have no other obvious CF candidates coming through the system in the near future (at least until Almora's ready, which is probably a couple years), and given what I know about Baez and Alcantara's respective defensive abilities (i.e., Alcantara seems better suited to center), what the Cubs are doing seems as good a way to (partially) resolve the infield logjam as any.
   41. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:13 PM (#4764668)
Though in a couple years, perhaps we can look forward to an outfield logjam (Soler, Alcantara, Almora, Schwarber) as well. It's kind of a nice problem to have.
   42. Norcan Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:13 PM (#4764669)
I don't know what's wrong with keeping both Alcantara and Baez. Of the two, Alcantara's the only one with the speed to play CF so it's really more about what he's capable of doing than not. He, not Almora, might be their center fielder of the future. He can do so many more things than Almora.

At the same time, it's kind of heart breaking to see him have similar handsy swing mechanics as Hosmer, Heyward and Boegarts. He grips the bat so late that sometimes he's late on 87 meat fastballs and his opposite field shots seem more by accident.
   43. McCoy Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:13 PM (#4764670)
I would much rather the Cubs develop internally their infield and up the middle spots and then go out and get FA corner outfielders. I'm much more comfortable with them going out and signing the Willinghams of the baseball world to reasonable 3 and 4 year contracts than having to go out and sign the Reyes and Canos of the baseball world to long term large contracts.

   44. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:22 PM (#4764681)
I don't know what's wrong with keeping both Alcantara and Baez. Of the two, Alcantara's the only one with the speed to play CF so it's really more about what he's capable of doing than not.

I don't think anyone's suggesting getting rid of either, just debating what to do with them now that they're both in The Show.

He, not Almora, might be their center fielder of the future. He can do so many more things than Almora.

Certainly possible, and there's no doubt Alcantara's the more refined player right now (to state the obvious).
   45. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:28 PM (#4764688)
Why? He has the tools to be a plus CF, and has looked just fine out there from what I've seen. I obviously haven't seen Baez as much, but he doesn't seem to be a CF type, 3b is spoken for, so if he can hack it at 2b it's much more ideal than moving him to a corner OF spot.

It just strikes me as being too clever by half. I think the superior second baseman should be at second base right now. Until Baez shows he can hit MLB pitching I don't think you move a prospect like Alcantara to accommodate him. Does Alcantara have any CF experience?
   46. McCoy Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:40 PM (#4764706)
Does Alcantara have any CF experience?

Only this year in less than 2 dozen games.

For what's worth FG is projecting Baez to hit 40 to 45 home runs over the next handful of years at the major league level.

I think if you're going to call up Baez then you might as well have him play second at the major league level full time and if your other prospect can play another position you have him play that other position full time as well.
   47. zonk Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4764710)
Alcantara has all of 11 professional games in CF/OF -- all at Iowa this year. That said, he's played all over the diamond (3B/SS/2B) in his minor league career seems to have both good speed and good "instincts".

Almora's stock seems to be slipping, near as I can tell -- he's still a top 100 overall guy -- but the power really hasn't come yet so there's certainly an opening for Alcantara to seize CF.

My concern with Alcantara is just that it's an awful lot of defensive reposturing while he's honing his offensive skills at the same time.

Alcantara would make an ideal supersub -- if he can handle CF full-time, you've got a guy that can legitimately be a neutral/+ glove all over the diamond. Add that to his speed, gap power, and the fact that he's a switch-hitter -- and in a perfect world where the lineup is basically a pick 'em/Almora/Soler across the OF and Bryant/Castor or Russell/Baez/Rizzo IF, I could still see room for Alcantara getting ~500 PA's as the primary backup all over the place.

Obviously, if he hits anywhere near what he did this year at Iowa -- there will be a spot for him in the lineup somewhere.
   48. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4764711)
It just strikes me as being too clever by half. I think the superior second baseman should be at second base right now. Until Baez shows he can hit MLB pitching I don't think you move a prospect like Alcantara to accommodate him. Does Alcantara have any CF experience?

He moved there this year in AAA, and has played there some in the bigs already. He's also only been in the bigs for a month, so it's not like he's some sort of established player getting bumped off a position. He hasn't shown he can hit MLB yet either. I'm also sure he was told he would be playing in both spots. I also disagree with the "right now" part. The Cubs clearly have to look at the players they have and where they can play and have to fit guys in; they tend to think Baez can play 2nd and AA can play CF. The fact that they have guys who are able to move to other positions is a good thing.
   49. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4764712)
Until Baez shows he can hit MLB pitching I don't think you move a prospect like Alcantara to accommodate him.

But then where do you put Baez, while he's showing he can hit MLB pitching? (FWIW, I don't think there's any question Baez can hit major league pitching; it's just a question of how long it'll take him to actually start doing it.)

I mean, you could stick him in RF or something, given that the Cubs' RF's are a screaming vortex of suck right now, but you've got another RF prospect knocking on the door and you minimize Baez's value by moving him to a corner. 3B is spoken for by Bryant. Unless you think Baez can handle CF, I don't know what else you do with him.
   50. McCoy Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:46 PM (#4764717)
One of those, oh by the way, things.

Both Alcantara and Baez were acquisitions done under the Hendry regime as well as Samardzija, Russell, and Castro.
   51. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4764718)
He hasn't shown he can hit MLB yet either.

Well, he hasn't been great, but his OPS+ is an even 100. Sample size caveats, etc., but I think you take that for a 22-year-old playing a key defensive position(s).
   52. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4764837)
Both Alcantara and Baez were acquisitions done under the Hendry regime as well as Samardzija, Russell, and Castro.


I don't think anyone said Hendry was a total failure at drafting position players. I subscribe to the theory that the minor league coaching is at least partly to blame for the relative lack of positional development during the Hendry era.
   53. zonk Posted: August 05, 2014 at 03:06 PM (#4764907)
Both Alcantara and Baez were acquisitions done under the Hendry regime as well as Samardzija, Russell, and Castro.



I don't think anyone said Hendry was a total failure at drafting position players. I subscribe to the theory that the minor league coaching is at least partly to blame for the relative lack of positional development during the Hendry era.


Of course, he also had some serious flops -- Simpson and Pawalek were both considered reaches and were both monumental flops.

On the talent ID side of things - I'd say Hendry was perfectly cromulent... there are some picks that look like they may work out, and he had some later round successes... but I think all told, his record is probably gentlemen's C at best.
   54. Walt Davis Posted: August 05, 2014 at 06:12 PM (#4765122)
Not that he's at that level (yet) but the Cubs' handling of Alcantara is roughly the same as what the Reds did with Hamilton and not dissimilar to how the Rays handled BJ Upton. In both of those other cases it was because they weren't handling the IF position while Alcantara has (it seems) but that just means it's more likely he'd make a successful transition to CF.

It seemed sort of inevitable that at least one of these guys was gonna end up getting tried in CF -- 3 young SS and a 2B with 3B potentially blocked? One of the fast guys has to go to CF or get traded eventually.
   55. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: August 05, 2014 at 07:52 PM (#4765151)
Of course, Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva can disappear, too (so, too, can Schierholtz and Sweeney).

Villanueva has an ERA of 2.77 in 25 bullpen appearances. As a starter (10.53 ERA in five starts) he's an utter disaster, but he's been fine in the bullpen.
   56. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:22 PM (#4765167)
I didn't realize Villanueva had been that good out of the pen; he must get shelled only when I'm paying attention.
   57. zonk Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:59 PM (#4765227)
Baez certainly doesn't get cheated on his cuts... It's easy to see where his power comes from - really great bat speed, but not at all longish or out of control. He definitely likes to just guess and rip.
   58. Spahn Insane Posted: August 05, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4765247)
Too bad he couldn't have gotten a little more lift that last AB.
   59. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:00 AM (#4765252)
Well, as you'd expect, kind of a rough start at the dish with three strikeouts. I didn't see the line out with the bases loaded; well struck?
   60. puck Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:45 AM (#4765265)
Home run in the 12th! Batting righty, off Boone Logan.
   61. Spahn Insane Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:49 AM (#4765268)
Yeah, the line out was apparently just in front of the right field scoreboard.

Not much doubt about the homer, I take it? (I've got the radio on.)
   62. Spahn Insane Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:50 AM (#4765269)
Double post
   63. Spahn Insane Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:50 AM (#4765270)
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   64. Spahn Insane Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:52 AM (#4765271)
Puck: Baez only bats righty.
   65. SteveM. Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:03 AM (#4765273)
This Baez kid could be pretty good...
   66. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:27 AM (#4765285)
That ball was crushed no doubt off the bat it was gone.
   67. Spahn Insane Posted: August 06, 2014 at 01:36 AM (#4765289)
I know it's Coors with its thin air and all, but Baez looks to have serious power the other way. The pitch wasn't even that bad.

EDIT: per mlb.com, 414 feet, to the opposite field, on a pitch down and away.
   68. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 06, 2014 at 07:50 AM (#4765328)
Watching the video now, and yeah, the ball just exploded off the bat. The pitch didn't look like it got a ton of plate, and upon further reviews, it looks like Baez didn't even get the sweet spot of the bat on the ball. Pretty cool to hear such a buzz from the crowd considering it was a road game.

There's still a lot of work and development that needs to happen, but there was something refreshing about looking at the lineup last night and realizing that, for the first time in years, there weren't any placeholders in the 1 through 4 spots.
   69. Lassus Posted: August 06, 2014 at 07:52 AM (#4765329)
Post #1 wins. Well done, Eric.
   70. zonk Posted: August 06, 2014 at 08:03 AM (#4765334)
Baez just has absolutely ridiculous bat speed.

He'll be crushing a lot of balls in the future, I think. He's also going to have some gasp-drawing swing and misses, but he's definitely got the good at the plate.

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