With each passing day he becomes even more impressive, more exciting.
It seems you just can't turn on the MLB Network on a given evening of late without witnessing another glorious Javy Baez bomb.
The kid has a flair for the dramatic. He has that "it" factor. For some, that spark may even be the reason you watch sports in the first place. Dare I say he to make even these Cubs watchable?
You watch Baez in the batters box, he's like a caged animal ready to unleash his ferocity on a basebal. It's scary and beautiful at the same time.
I wondered aloud (shortly after Baez crushed yet another 400 plus foot blast into the dessert Wednesday night) just how the Cubs could keep this kid stashed in Iowa until July. Baez also managed to scare the hell out of Cubdom by narrowly escaping a leg or wrist injury the following inning. He is going to fit right in around here.
I know it's the right thing to do, to wait as long as possible, for both the sake of development and "clock management", but have fun with that, Epstoyer.
Yes, Baez still could use some work at shortstop or wherever he is going to play. He will also benefit from getting exposed to some "junk" thrown at him in AAA that he probably didn't see on a regular basis at Tennessee.
Still, Baez is going to be pushing his way to Chicago by mid-May, IMHO.
Not only does the kid have ability and moxie, he's driven and focused too. Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde raved about Baez to Patrick Mooney.
“Having the success that he had last year – really from Day 1 – (he) came in with more of a purpose this year,” said Jason McLeod, the vice president of scouting and player development. “Certainly, we’ve communicated with him the plan to start the season in (Triple-A) Iowa and play shortstop.
“He wanted to come in and show like: ‘OK, that might be the plan. I’m fine with it. But I’m going to show you guys just how serious I’m taking this.’
“He’s done that. He’s played very well up here in major-league camp. I’ve been really happy seeing how he is interacting with his teammates and (becoming) much more comfortable dealing with them and dealing with questions from the media. He’s been great. That’s been really a joy for us to see.”
You hear glowing reviews from just about anyone out west regarding Baez's spring. He's ready to do what it takes to get to Chicago, new position(s) and all. He looks like an actual difference-maker in the making.
This is real.
If he gets the chance, he may soon make a difference for the Cubs, on the field, at the gate, and on your television.
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