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In case you missed it, here's Javy's HR (Update: Mike Olt HRs)

In case you don't subscribe to MLB.com or get the MLB Network, here's Javier Baez's blast on a vine from "Frederic". Incredible bat speed as ball appears to hit the scoreboard (or at least comes close).

Here is another look from MLB.com

And here is Mike Olt's 2nd HR...

And a here's the link to Olt's first bomb...

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    can you post olt's homers too?

  • In reply to Nathan Mausehund:

    This is the only one I was able to dig up. People get their video out for Baez but not necessarily for Olt. If I find one I'll put it up there.

  • In reply to Nathan Mausehund:

    Added his 2nd one and a link to his first one.

  • The leg kick, but really toned down compared to the leg kick he had a couple of years ago.

  • Just added Mike Olt's 2nd HR. Not as much of a blast as the 1st one but still pretty good.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    First one by Olt must've been some 415-420 ft, but Baez' blast looked like 450 ft... Either way, Olt can still brag and add 385 + 415 if he wants lol.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Just found a link to it but not one I can embed yet.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    After the game is over, they should have the highlights on... But how about 3 for 4 with 3 rbi's for Olt? I would say he's the leading candidate for the everyday 3B job.

  • In reply to Caps:

    I agree. He looks like he's close to wrapping it up.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I would say that if things don't change in about a week and he's still doing so much better than Murphy and Valbuena, that he's officially named the Opening Day 3B.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Just as long as his shoulder problem doesn't flare up again.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Looks like Baez blast hit the scoreboard, which I believe is 450FT from home plate. Whats even more amazing is how fast he got around that pitch. Looks like he took a down and in 2 seamer and crushed it.

  • Olt's first one was about 430, Javy's I kinda lost after it went by the scoreboard, but it really looked like it went over it, in which case I would say 480+ if it did.

    Awesome sight from behind the plate to see all this action from the prospects. Also, some good AB's tonite, Javy was not happy after the called 3rd strike.

  • In reply to Buzz:

    that one to javy where he went down looking.. looked good on tv. looked like a strike

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    Now add an RBI single for Olt. This is a big step to making the team for him. Now we need to see him play 3rd base.

  • In reply to Sean Holland:

    Yep, I think that's the only thing left

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    Albert Almora is 19 years old and has never played a single game above A ball.

    He's 6-for-10 in spring training facing, on average, AAA caliber pitching.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    He apparently thought it wasn't impressive enough to have a great Arizona Fall League performance despite being the second youngest player.

    Really, I'm the last guy to want to rush prospects but it baffles me that they didn't promote him to Daytona last year.

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    Injuries... He started out late with the hand injury and then he had a season ending injury, but I'm pretty sure McCleod said he was going to be promoted right before the injury.

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    In reply to Caps:

    his "season ending" injury was less than a month from the end of the season, so I doubt he was about to be promoted. Even if he had been, a taste isn't what I was talking about.

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    He wouldn't be the first player to get promoted for the final 2 weeks AND a playoffs run... And I'm pretty sure McCleod was the one who said they were going to promote him, I'm not making this up.

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    He was indeed going to be promoted (similar to Javy's late promotion the previous year) and it was likely Soler was going to be going to AA before he got hurt.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Love it!

  • I think we could see tonight why Almora and Bryant need more time, more seasoning.

    Jackson's AB kind of ticked me off. Yeah, it was a breaking ball that caught him looking on the 3-2 count, but a MLB player is ready for that. I think the Cubs will not hold on to him very long now.

  • In reply to Tinker Evers Chance:

    I'll say this for Almora though. He looks more like a MLB CF than Junior Lake. Lake is too erratic and is prone to throwing an air-mail. That is between his ears.

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    In reply to Tinker Evers Chance:

    Almore is probably a top 10 CF'er right now. He's that good.

  • In reply to Tinker Evers Chance:

    Lake got a real nice jump on one in the gap today, but nobody in the org is better than Almora.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Almora ran down a deep fly in the gap and made a casual, over the shoulder basket catch and laughed. A little cocky for a 19-year old, but hey, it's Spring training. Don't mind the kid having a little fun out there.

  • Javy's ball landed just before the scoreboard, so probably = to Olt's distance. 430ish

  • In reply to Buzz:

    Baez homer didnt quite reach the scoreboard but it was a rocket. I havent seen a line drive go that far that I can ever remember. Olt looks very good, hopefully we will feel the same way in June. Many are projecting Olt (if healthy) to hit .250, with a plus .300 obp and 25 homers, I would take that.

  • Did anyone notice Cervenka's outing today? He didn't look bad and threw strikes 91-92 mph on his fastball, used a nice cutter and K'd Dustin Ackley.

  • Gameday has Hatley's fastball in the 90-92 mph range... If this is true, then I think his chances of making the club are real slim.

  • In reply to Caps:

    It's early, he'll get that into the 93-94 range, but I do agree he won't make the team.

  • well i said a bit ago call me crazy but i think Kalish makes the team , i think he has earned the 5th at minimum OF spot , and Olt , welcome back my friend , for once the Cubs catch a prospect break and aquire a serious buy low guy who is going to make the team and i think do well at 3b going forward, you dont have the kind of spring he has had and not be able to see the ball . sending him to AAA now would be a waste of time sink or swim at Wrigley Mr Olt

  • In reply to Bryan Craven:

    I'm going to say Kalish is much faster than I was led to believe. He's got some pretty nice wheels.

  • In reply to Bryan Craven:

    Now that Olt and Bonafacio have made the team, for Kalish to make it either Murphy is gone or Barney is traded. Other wise Kalish will start in Iowa, I really hope they can trade Barney. Then our bench is looking pretty good: Ruggioni,Kalish,Valbuena,Murphy & Kotteras.
    Then Murphy will be gone when Baez comes up.

    My big question is why not play Vitters at 1st and Jackson in left instead of Wells & Valaika on the regulars days off?

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    If Barney is traded our lineup will look decent:
    Bonafacio 2B
    Castro SS
    Rizzo 1B
    Castillo C
    Schierholtz/Rugg RF
    Olt 3B
    Sweeney/Rugg LF
    Lake/Kalish CF

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I like this lineup better than 2013, only net loss is Hrs in LF.

    What could we get for Jackson or Barney?

  • In reply to rsanchez11:

    Won't get much for either player, low level high risk guy, maybe a future non-closer bullpen arm.

  • In reply to rsanchez11:

    This is a lineup that could all hit .250 or better. I would think a decent low level minor league arm for Barney. As of right now I would think nothing for Brett Jackson.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I think Ruggiano is going to end up playing nearly every day in LF and hitting cleanup, even against RHP. Sweeney is a nice player, and I think he should start over Lake in CF, but Lake will get a chance to play everyday early in the season until he proves he can't.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    I think if they can, they'll limit his exposure to RHP as much as possible. Not to say when he's hot he won't get some AB's vs RHP, but not everyday, if we have other options. FWIW, for 2011-2013 seasons, his OPS is .706 vs RHP and .891 vs LHP. with almost as many HR's 16 vs 19 in almost half the AB's 270 vs 547.

    He's a nice find for us, but he is what he is at this point.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    He's going to be better against RHP then Lake will. And he provides power that Sweeney and Lake do not. I think early in the year he is going to start 2/3 or even 3/4 of the games. If he starts slow then I think they'll adjust and play Sweeney more, but I just have a feeling that Ruggiano is going to have a good year this year. I'm not expecting him to turn into a star at 31 years old, but I think he'll be this year's Dionner Navarro.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    Not a bad assesment. Getting out of Miami might help him improve even more, and his numbers were not horrible, even in Fishville.

  • So, John, question for you. I'm a Cubs fan in Southwest Missouri. And I've given thought to making the trek to OKC in early July when Iowa rolls into town because I wanted to see Javier Baez and the other top prospects. I wonder, do you think he'll be in Chicago by then, or can I go ahead and buy a ticket? Because I'd love to see him in person before he hits the majors.

  • In reply to Justin5183:

    I think it's going to be close. It will depend on how well Baez is doing and also what's happening in Chicago, so it's really impossible to say with any degree of certainty. I do think that there's a good chance that at least one of Baez or Bryant will be there in July -- and possibly both.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I am in Dallas area and would make that trip too. Even without those two you might see Schuzer, AA, Villanueva, and maybe some promoted pitching from Tennessee.

  • In reply to Justin5183:

    I looked at that series against OKC as well. Unfortunately I'm going to be out of the country then. I think they play in Iowa plays in OKC again the first week of August - so that might work for me. If you're from SW MO(I grew up near Joplin), then Iowa can't be to much further. I'm going to head to Iowa the first week of April to catch 3 of those early games - sure am hoping for some warm weather. It seems like every time I make the Iowa trip - at least one game gets rained out.

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    In reply to Justin5183:

    I live in Springfield & would consider making that trip if I don't head to Indiana for that weekend instead.

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    Was anyone else annoyed with the Mariner's announcer as I was. Watched Cubs go ahead 7-4 when I shut it down. Nice game for Olt and Baez. John, tell me McDonald is not in the mix for our club. This signing did not inspire and still leaves me SMH.

  • In reply to Hal McCarty:

    Hey Hal, Unfortunately I think he is in the mix -- or at least he was. Anytime a guy has an MLB deal and he's out of options, he's going to be given every chance.

    He was not a signing I was all that crazy about if you remember. I think he lacks the command and feel for somebody who isn't overpowering, but maybe the Cubs were hoping they could tap into his potential. So far they haven't, obviously.

  • In reply to Hal McCarty:

    And yes, I was terribly annoyed by the Mariners announcers. I know it's spring and it's the other team, but they botched names constantly and spent way too much time interviewing -- and fawning over -- their players. They especially gushed way too much over Cano. Ugh.

  • Watching Baez hit is more fun than any hitter the Cubs have had, save prime Sammy. All the people worried about the attendance figures at Wrigley can stop worrying once Javy arrives. Seeing Baez in action will become an event in itself. Batting practice will draw crowds again. And it will just get bigger when Bryant arrives.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    Agreed. He really looks like he's going to be a special player. I keep watching that video -- the bat speed is crazy. Remember I tried to frame by frame his swing -- and it was still a blur.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John, remember several years ago, when ESPN had something about measuring players bat speeds? I remember Bonds was in the 97-98mph range, Sammy and McGwire were at about 92-93. I remember Bill Mueller at about 78. Wonder if anyone can do the same with our up-and-coming young crew of sluggers?

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    In reply to mjvz:

    Len Kasper has been around for a while and you can tell he isn't just playing a part, he's genuinely impressed with the stuff Javy does.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    Imagine BP if Baez, Bryant, Soler and Vogelbomb all make it to Wrigley?

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    It will be hard to beat watching Sammy Sosa and Glenallen Hill, but that group would be awesome.

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    I'd love to see a lineup this spring with all The kids plus Rizzo, Castro and Castillo for The whole damn game!! Very happy with Mike Olt last night and Johnny your spot on with Baez bat speed holy cow... Lets get some good SP and roll The dice

  • I tried to slow it down to see the bat thru the zone an see impact and its too fast , havn't seen bat speed like that since Sheffield , nobody tat isn't approaching triple figures with the gas is gong to challenge him inside, practice going the opposite way Javy!!

  • What a beautiful future we have! Baez is a freak of nature and the Garza trade may go down as one of the most lopsided deals in history.

    Al Yellon (for what it's worth) over at BCB said he was sitting about 30 ft from where Baez's homer landed and he said he heard it hit the base of the scoreboard.

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    In reply to Holy Cattle:

    He is going to hit the Wrigley scoreboard. Just a matter of time. (You know full well he'll be aiming for it.)

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    If I know Javy, he's hoping he gets a FB middle inner half at the knee/thigh and he'll try to launch it onto the rooftops on Waveland Ave....

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Just hope he doesnt break anything in the process. With the shots hes hitting, they might nickname Javy the Rocket.

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    In reply to mutant beast:

    A broken window or two on Waveland would be a nice way to make Sportscenter highlights.

  • In reply to Holy Cattle:

    It did look like it went over the guys heads who were in front of the scoreboard, so I can see it maybe hitting the base.

  • Wolf threw Javy a cookie.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    To his credit, Baez did wait on that change-up. He didn't miss it. Part of what guys like Baez need to do is feast on mistakes -- or cookies as it were ;)

  • In reply to 44slug:

    javy said "nom nom nom nom!"

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    I imagine Rick Renteria is sitting in his office thinking, "Okay, Olt's at 3B. Now what do I do with this sudden log-jam at second?"

  • Selfishly, I'm hoping that Javy is still wearing the Iowa Cubs jersey when they visit Nashville May 2-5. After May 5th, he's all yours!

    Meanwhile, Mr. Castro might want to google "Wally Pipp".

  • John,

    What do you think F. Buatista and Wada's chances of making the major league roster on opening day(25)??

  • In reply to rakmessiah:

    Not John, but not good. Like 0%.

  • In reply to rakmessiah:

    I don't think either will make it. Scouts aren't that wild about Batista, though he does manage to get results. Similarly, I haven't heard great things about Wada, one scout told me he could maybe be a change of pace type RP, but even that is a long shot right now.

  • Someone kindly confirm "Javy" is not on PEDs...

  • In reply to Hey Hey:

    Impossible to prove a negative.

  • In reply to Hey Hey:

    He's all about bat speed, not brute strength.

  • Unfortunately, they never seem to show that highlight from the 1B side camera angle. I was watching the game in HD and they showed his swing from that camera angle in slow-mo and it's pretty funny. His feet actually leave the ground during his follow through, like he was levitating or something. He put everything into that swing.

  • In reply to TheThinBlueLine:

    He generates such force I imagine it's hard to keep his feet on the ground. Said he doesn't know how to swing any other way. One thing is for sure, you wouldn't teach anyone to hit that way, you have to be a special player to get away with that kind of stuff.

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