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AZ Fall League

Posted: 10/10/2012 10:06 AM

AZ Fall League 


Baez goes 2 for 4 with a HR, a double, 3 RBIs and 2 Ks in his fall league debut.  Wonder what the chances of him switching to third are.
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Posted: 10/10/2012 10:16 AM

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Pretty good I'd say but for right now, I think they are more worried making the progression through the minors and learning how to be a professional hitter then switching positions at this point.

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Posted: 10/10/2012 11:36 AM

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zighawk73 wrote: Baez goes 2 for 4 with a HR, a double, 3 RBIs and 2 Ks in his fall league debut.  Wonder what the chances of him switching to third are.
From Keith Law -
The ninth overall pick in the 2011 Rule 4 draft out of a Jacksonville, Fla., high school, Baez has huge raw power due to very quick wrists that allow him to drive the ball to all fields, but was widely seen as a candidate to move off shortstop in pro ball. Improved instruction and increased effort on his part now have that flipped around, with pro scouts who got their first looks at him this year giving him a good chance to stay at the position long-term.
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Posted: 10/10/2012 11:53 AM

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cubs2007 wrote:
zighawk73 wrote: Baez goes 2 for 4 with a HR, a double, 3 RBIs and 2 Ks in his fall league debut.  Wonder what the chances of him switching to third are.
From Keith Law -
The ninth overall pick in the 2011 Rule 4 draft out of a Jacksonville, Fla., high school, Baez has huge raw power due to very quick wrists that allow him to drive the ball to all fields, but was widely seen as a candidate to move off shortstop in pro ball. Improved instruction and increased effort on his part now have that flipped around, with pro scouts who got their first looks at him this year giving him a good chance to stay at the position long-term.
Bleh, the reason I keep dreaming of a switch is that he seems the best and closest in-house option for the Cubs at third, even with a best case ETA of 2014ish.  I know it's a nice problem to have and there's still plenty of time to figure it out, but it would be nice to pencil him and Castro into the lineup for 5 years or so.
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Posted: 10/10/2012 12:35 PM

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zighawk73 wrote:
cubs2007 wrote:
zighawk73 wrote: Baez goes 2 for 4 with a HR, a double, 3 RBIs and 2 Ks in his fall league debut.  Wonder what the chances of him switching to third are.
From Keith Law -
The ninth overall pick in the 2011 Rule 4 draft out of a Jacksonville, Fla., high school, Baez has huge raw power due to very quick wrists that allow him to drive the ball to all fields, but was widely seen as a candidate to move off shortstop in pro ball. Improved instruction and increased effort on his part now have that flipped around, with pro scouts who got their first looks at him this year giving him a good chance to stay at the position long-term.
Bleh, the reason I keep dreaming of a switch is that he seems the best and closest in-house option for the Cubs at third, even with a best case ETA of 2014ish.  I know it's a nice problem to have and there's still plenty of time to figure it out, but it would be nice to pencil him and Castro into the lineup for 5 years or so.
If Baez becomes a great player maybe it is Castro that switches to 2b or 3b. As you point out won't have to even begin to worry about this until 2014 or 2015.
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Posted: 10/10/2012 1:18 PM

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I know he hasn't played above A ball yet, so spare me on that stuff, but I'm interested to see where Baez is going to fall when the publications do their year end prospect lists. From what we've been hearing about his bat throughout the year, it seems like he might be a legitimate top 20 prospect.
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Posted: 10/10/2012 1:56 PM

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DoubleDown11 wrote: I know he hasn't played above A ball yet, so spare me on that stuff, but I'm interested to see where Baez is going to fall when the publications do their year end prospect lists. From what we've been hearing about his bat throughout the year, it seems like he might be a legitimate top 20 prospect.
If others agree with Law that Baez is going to be able to stick at short all the way up the chain and into the bigs, it's impossible to see him outside the top 20.

Which is awesome.
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Posted: 10/10/2012 6:00 PM

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i think it was sickels who placed baez inside his top 5 hitting prospects.
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Posted: 10/11/2012 3:59 AM

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I've said it before and will reiterate, a keystone combo of Castro and Baez (regarlesss of who makes the move to 2nd) is soooo potentially big, it has to be something they strive for. And based on the scouting reports on Baez at SS this year, Castro's improved defensive play this year, and the fact that other teams 3rd base prospects figured prominently in the Garza trade talks gives me hope that the FO feels the same way.
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