By: Jovanny Santiago
Javier Baez is a unique player in MLB. He has the ability to play all around the infield.
Baez currently plays second baseman for Chicago Cubs. Last season, he played shortstop for most of the season with Addison Russell on the Disabled List and it didn’t faze Baez at all.
In 2014 when he got called up from the minor leagues, Baez had that home run hitting power that many raved about. He still had some issues, like strikeouts, but it could all be fixed over time.
Baez is a very great defender. His fast glove and presence at the plate can earn him an All-Star appearance this season and possibly a gold glove.
My favorite season with Baez was in 2016 when he played most of 3rd base with Kris Bryant in the left field. Javy made some amazing plays on defense and most memorable was the home run to beat the Nationals on Mothers day, 4-3.
During the 2016 Postseason, Baez did what he does best and that’s being clutch with his bat & glove. During the San Francisco Giants series, he was clutch when he hit a single up the middle off Sergio Romo to drive in Willson Contreras to comeback from being down 4 runs. Aroldis Chapman came in to close out the game to send the Chicago Cubs to the NLCS.
In the NLCS, Baez made some spectacular plays on defense during that series. He won Co Mvp with starting pitcher Jon Lester who had pitched lights out vs. the Dodgers and took the Cubs to its first world series since 1945.
All of these recent clutch moments and progression in his career, Baez can really burst onto the scene this year. Seeing Baez in the All-Star game would be amazing for Cubs nation because he deserves it! Hopefully, this season he can take the next step in his career.