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Category: ‘Second Basemen’

Baez Primed and Ready for a Return
May 18th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez got off to a brutal start in 2015 when he attended Major League Spring Training and hit just .182 with one home run and 21 strikeouts across 55 at bats. Upon the conclusion of Spring Training Baez was met with yet another challenge, the passing of his...

Is Addison Russell the Next Javier Baez?
May 8th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs’ rookie second baseman, Addison Russell has been playing well of late, hitting in ten consecutive games and hitting .343 over that span. Russell is going through a bit of an adjustment defensively as second base is not his natural position, but he seems to be coming around on...

Down on the Farm: Baez and Alcantara
May 6th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday we discussed a Chicago Cubs’ duo making waves in the Southern League (AA) and today we shift our attention to a duo making a comeback in the Pacific Coast League (AAA). Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara have gotten a late jump on the AAA season for various reasons but...

Cubs’ Rookie Russell is Heating Up
May 2nd, 2015 at 11:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs' second baseman, Addison Russell hit his first big league home run in yesterday's 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers and it looks like he's finally starting to turn it up. The 21-year-old got off to a slow start last week when the Cubs promoted him, highlighted by...

CUBS NEWS: Baez Makes Season Debut
May 1st, 2015 at 10:03 AM
***PHOTO1*** CUBS NEWS: Former Chicago Cubs top prospect, Javier Baez made his season debut last night for the Iowa Cubs and went 1-6 with a double and three strikeouts against the Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers). Baez hit third in the order and played second...

Cubs101′s Chicago Cubs’ 2015 Sleeper Pick
April 7th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs will take the field for the second time this season tonight at 7:05pm CT when Jake Arrieta takes on Lance Lynn and although the season is young, one Cubs’ player has already caught our attention. Tommy La Stella, the Chicago Cubs new second baseman, went 1-3 with...

MLB News: Baez not a Lock to Make Opening Day Roster
March 20th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** When asked this week about Javier Baez’s chances to make the Major League roster, Cubs’ manager, Joe Maddon responded with, “of course there’s a chance he doesn’t make the team”. In reality, Maddon’s response was more to the effect of dispelling any sense entitlement, not just with Baez, but with...

Former Chicago Cubs’ MiLB Player of the Year Out for the Season
February 6th, 2015 at 10:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ infield got a little less crowded this week, but not for the right reasons. Chicago Cubs infielder, Logan Watkins announced via twitter on Wednesday that he has tore his Achilles tendon during a workout in Arizona. Watkins made his second appearance with the Cubs in...

Four Free Agent Position Players Who are Worth an Invite to Spring Training
January 16th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We discussed yesterday four pitchers that he Chicago Cubs should invite to Spring Training and today we piggyback off of that and bring to light four position players that the Cubs should take a closer look at. Rumors that the Chicago Cubs are still looking for a veteran outfielder have...

Quick Hits: Javier Baez’s Drops Bombs
January 14th, 2015 at 11:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** Among other things, Chicago Cubs rookie, Javier Baez showed us that his power is off the charts during his brief stint in the big leagues in 2014. Since the Cubs drafted him back in 2011, Baez has been compared to sluggers like Gary Sheffield and Manny Ramirez, and for good...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ Winter League K’s
December 28th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It is time once again to check in on some of our favorite Chicago Cubs players who are participating in winter ball. Most leagues still have about three weeks left to play so consider this a mid-season update on Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Junior Lake and Manny Ramirez: Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR 19 .324 .395 4 8 3 Baez PR 10 .263 341 2 7 2 Lake DR 42 .243 .399 2 12 21 Ramirez DR 41 .313 .409 6 28 0 (Stats per...

Down on the Farm: Breakout Prospects for 2015
December 27th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have one of baseball’s best minor league systems and should be pumping out quality major leaguers for years to come. We are all familiar with the prospects who made their debuts in 2014: Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Jorge Soler, and we know plenty...

Chicago Cubs Off-Season Report: Winter League Updates
December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Arizona Fall League has come and gone but the various winter leagues of the Caribbean are well under way. The Chicago Cubs have plenty of young players getting extra reps before spring training, Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Junior Lake and Manny Ramirez in particular: Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR 19 .324 .395 4 8 3 Baez PR 4 .357 .412 1 3 0 Lake DR 38 .256 .405 2 12 20 Ramirez DR 38 .300 .402 6 25 0 (Stats per MLB.com) Alcantara, Lake and...

How to Alter Javier Baez’s Approach at the Plate
December 4th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez is an incredibly talented kid with a whole box full of tools; a bold statement about someone who didn’t hit his weight and had nearly three times as many strikeouts as hits last year, but hear me out. Those around Chicago who aren’t freaking out about Javier Baez’s...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Acquire La Stella from Braves
November 16th, 2014 at 4:07 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to The Sports Xchange, the Chicago Cubs have just acquired 2B Tommy La Stella from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RHP Arodys Vizcaino. International signing bonus slots were also exchanged in the deal. La Stella, the Braves' 8th round selection in 2011, made his MLB debut this...

Bold Predictions: Javier Baez Will Hit 30 Home Runs
November 10th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez proved to be one of the most dichotomous figures in Chicago this past summer, driving fans wild with his longball potential and pushing them to the brink with his strikeout totals. Who knows when it will all finally click for Javy, but his power is truly impressive. If...

Addison Russell Taking Reps at Second Base
October 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** There is no doubt that Chicago Cubs’ prospect Addison Russell has the best hands in the Cubs’ organization, and it has long been thought that he would be the team’s shortstop of the future. However, that may not be the plan anymore. Since reporting to the Arizona Fall League, Addison...

Javier Baez Does not Have a Strikeout Problem
October 16th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** All fall, we have been discussing Javier Baez’s excessive and exorbitant strikeout totals. The facts are that Baez struck out 95 times in 213 at bats (52 games) and set a major league record for the most strikeouts in a 43 game period (78 strikeouts). Baez’s numbers and swing have...

Possible Off-Season Targets for the Chicago Cubs (Non-Pitchers)
September 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have a big off-season ahead of them as they look to move out of the cellar in 2015 and compete for a title in 2016. We have discussed the options and possible moves regarding the team’s pitching staff, but we have yet to dive into the...

Comparing Baez & Soler Through Their First 14 Games
September 17th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The two biggest call-ups made by the Chicago Cubs this year have been Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, without a doubt, but their performances have been drastically different. Javier Baez made a statement during his first two weeks in the big leagues but then fell off quickly; is the same...