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Counting Saturday’s contest, Javier Baez has a ten game hitting streak that dates back to July 4th. Over that span Baez has hit .421/.436/.816 with four home runs and five stolen bases. Critics will no doubt point out that that he did not draw a single walk in that span, but personally I am OK with that when guy is hitting over .420.

Despite this hot streak, I would still be very surprised if the Cubs moved him up the farm system any time soon. There is absolutely no point in rushing him. He may get a taste of Daytona late in the year, but I do not expect any promotions other than that.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – This game was over in the second inning. Iowa lost 7-1.
Tennessee – Tennessee scored four times on five hits in their 4-2 win.
Daytona – The Cubs suffered another late inning collapse by the bullpen. This time it led to a 9-6 loss
Peoria – Peoria scored in the bottom of the tenth to win 9-8.
Boise – Boise scored early and coasted to an easy 9-3 win.
Arizona – The AZL Cubs won in a blowout, 13-3.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Casey Coleman pitched 5.1 innings of 3 hit baseball in relief of Randy Wells. The downside is that he had to pitch so much out of the bullpen because Wells survived for just five outs as the starter.
  • [Tennessee] Dae-Eun Rhee struck out six over five innings. That was good enough for his sixth win.
  • [Tennessee] The bullpen was very impressive. Tony Zych and Marcus Hatley each struck out three in two innings.
  • [Tennessee] Michael Burgess hammered his tenth home run, but the biggest blow came from Juan Apodaca. The catcher’s three run homer put the Smokies ahead for good.
  • [Daytona] Dustin Harrington, usually an infielder, recorded the final two outs.
  • [Daytona] Ronald Torreyes is doing his best to make up for his slow start to the season. After this three hit game his season average is up to .246.
  • [Daytons] Catcher Rafael Lopez came up from Peoria a few days ago, and through three games he is having no trouble at all. His double in this game marked his first High A extra base hit.
  • [Peoria] Austin Reed and Yao-Lin Wang combined to allow no runs over the final three innings.
  • [Peoria] Javier Baez took his hitting streak to ten games with his eighth home run, his third triple, and his 16th steal as part of a three hit game.
  • [Peoria] There were plenty of extra base hits for the Chiefs. In addition to Baez, Paul Hoilman and Pin-Chieh Chen both tripled. Zeke DeVoss and Taiwan Easterling each hit a double.
  • [Boise] Trey Martin homered (his second) and tripled (his first) for the Hawks.
  • [Boise] Gioskar Amaya hit another triple (his sixth) as part of a two hit game. His double play partner Marco Hernandez also had two hits, both doubles.
  • [Arizona] 2012 draftee Paul Blackburn has made his professional debut. He pitched the first inning and gave up a solo home run.
  • [Arizona] Justin Amlung then came in and pitched two hitless innings in which he struck out two.
  • [Arizona] He was followed by Carlos Martinez-Pumarino who allowed one hit in three innings while striking out four.
  • [Arizona] The Cubs had 18 hits as a team. The most prominent lines are listed below.

Farm System Standings

AAAIowa Cubs : 39 – 55.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Third Place: 19.0 Games Behind.

AATennessee Smokies : 12-11
Southern League North Division – Third Place : 1.5 Games Behind

High ADaytona Cubs : 10-13
Florida State League North Division – Foourth Place : 4.0 Games Behind

Low APeoria Chiefs : 9-13
Midwest League Eastern Division – Fourth Place : 3.0 Game Behind

Short-Season ABoise Hawks : 10 – 19
Northwest League East Division – Third Place : 8.0 Games Behind

Rookie LeagueAZL Cubs : 15 – 5
Arizona Rookie League East – First Place (tie) : 0.0 Games Ahead

  • http://bleachernation Dean

    I know Baez still has quite a way to go, but man he seems like a beast! Can’t wait to see what he can do in Daytona. The pitching at that level should start to force him to take a few more pitches to get the one he’s looking for.

  • Kevin

    Rustin Sveum, Cubs manager’s own son. Selected in 39th round but not signed. Is this a non-story or is there something to report?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Non-story. Drafting him was a courtesy, and he was never expected to sign.

      • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

        Which is why he was drafted in the 39th round – basically saying, we have noone else we really care for that we think is going to get drafted so, here you go kid – now you can say you were drafted by the Cubs when you go to school

    • MaxM1908

      I even believe Dale said something to the effect of “He better not sign and go to college” right after the draft.

    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      I am guessing this is very similar to the situation with Michael Brenly, who the Cubs actually drafted twice. It was a courtesy as Brett said, but everyone knew ahead of time that the kid was going to college.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        Brenly has emerged as a decent looking backup catcher prospect. I don’t think Sveum’s ceiling is anywhere near that high.

        • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

          Probably not, but that has more to do with the fact how little you have to hit in order to make it as a catcher. The only point was that both were nepotism picks out of high school that were more about a nice gesture to their parent than adding talent to the system.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    So, is his .421/.436 due to a hit by pitch?

    • djriz

      Yes it was.

      He has about as many HBP as walks. I’d be curious how many were intentional, and how many were just attributed to poor control or his batting stance (does he crowd the plate?).

      • Shawn H

        According to Baseball reference he has 8 HBP and 7 BBs, none of which were intentional.

        • Corey

          I think djriz was referring to the HBP as intentional, not the walks.

          • djriz

            yep. I could have written that clearer.

  • Tommy

    Peoria Chiefs game winning hit came from 9th round draft pick Chad Krist. He looks pretty good so far! He runs pretty good for a catcher, too!

  • Doug Dascenzo

    He’s 16/18 in stolen bases. It’s A ball but I think he’s shown either his speed was underrated or he’s a pretty smart base stealer, certainly better than how Starlin Castro started out.

    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      Goldstein’s comments on his speed was that it is average. I am guessing he is taking advantage of A ball pitchers not holding onto the runners, which is a good sign.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        He might also just get a really good jump. What is his range like on the infield? That has a lot to do with one’s ability to “jump,” too.

        • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

          Don’t live close enough to Peoria to go see him, and he has only played a few games on MiLB.tv that I’ve watched. So I can’t really answer that question. I was just going by what an expert said about his speed and guessing what is going on.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          I think his steals are mainly coming from his ability to read the pitcher. It seems likely he’s a fairly smart baseball player.

          From the highlights I’ve seen, it looks like he accelerates very quickly as well. His speed may only be average / average plus, but he can reach his top speed in a hurry.

  • Carew

    Holy crap man. We may be watching Timothy Saunders and Jacob Rogers more and more. Its still eary but dayum are they tearin it up

  • yield51

    I was in Peoria last night. It was the first chance I had to see Baez, I was not disappointed. His bat speed is definitely as advertised, he has easy power. I was expecting a little bit bigger of a frame. He is listed as 6’1″ and 205, he doesn’t look near that big. His HR was a line shot that easily made it out to straight away left. His triple nearly left the yard to left center, and his 9th inning fly out came 10 feet from being a walk off to deep center field. I wasn’t overly impressed by his speed, maybe a hair above average. He looked fluid in the field turning a couple DP’s with Devoss. He only misplayed one ball that he should have charged, instead he waited back on it resulting in an infield single. Devoss played just as his usual box score reads. Lots of patience and speed, and looked good at 2B. Hoilman’s triple was actually a HR. It cleared the fence hit the berm, and bounced back onto the field. The call was missed, which resulted in a short argument. Jensen struggled with his command, and was hit hard when he did locate. The gun wasn’t working, but Reed looked like he threw the hardest of the pitchers last night. I’m not familiar with his scouting report, but he looked to be the best Chiefs pitcher last night.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Austin Reed is mainly a groundball pitcher, but he has flashed the weapons that should enable him to get a strikeout when he needs it. He’s got quite a bit of potential, but he is a long ways off.

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  • JK

    I live here in Peoria but it was the first time i’ve seen Baez, I have to say I was pretty impressed with his power, the kid’s got some pop. I’m hoping to see Soler here at some point down the road.

  • blublud

    I disagree with the “there is no need to rush him” statement. If a guys shows he is ready, move him. I dont consider that rushing a player. I also dont believe in keeping a guy back because of an organizational rule of a player should spent X amount time at this level, and Y amount of time at that level. Every player develops differently. I personally think Baez should already be in Daytona. Hitting against inferior talent doesn’t help a player develop. His flaws cant be exposed, keeping him from working on his flaws. I don’t see why with his talent, he cant move pretty quickly through the system and atleast be getting a look by 2014 ST with the Rizzo rule of him coming up in late June or early July. Of course this would be determined by his abilities at the next levels, but if he continues hitting the ball, I say move him up.

    • djriz

      You and I are in the minority here, but you’re right. If this is just a hot streak, fine, keep him there. If he is a ‘man among boys’ move him so he’s challenged (but not overwhelmed).

      You see other organizations doing this all the time. If Baez has IT, then promoting him quickly won’t hurt his development. Look at players like Miggy Cabrera, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout. (not saying Baez is in that class). They weren’t hurt by being promoted, were they?

      I have a feeling that after the trade deadline (when we see what we have left) there will be a ‘reorganization’ of the rosters in the Minor Leagues.

      • Njriv

        Same here, I think he should be promoted to Daytona in a week or so, then he can start off there next year and possibly be promoted to AA Tennessee by seasons end.

        • willis

          I don’t know about that soon, but I’m with you guys that moving him up can’t hurt. Baez seems to be pretty confident and head strong, so even if he were to struggle in high A, I think he learns from it and grows as a player. Some guys can get beaten down and it hurts them long term, but Baez isn’t one of them. I think he’ll sniff Daytona some time this year and do fine. And probably start off there next year.

          • djriz

            Kind of funny, but Baez is 3 for 3 today, with a single, a double, and a triple!
            (yes, I do realize one game doesn’t mean much).

            But it seems he’s had some adventures on the basepaths.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      I don’t think the Cubs should look just at his offensive progress. His defense should come into play as well when making that decision. As too should things we can’t see in a box score, things like how well he is adapting to playing every day, to roadtrips, and to the daily routine and grind of being a professional baseball player. Players are in the minors to learn how to deal with that side of things every bit as much as they are in the minors to learn to hit a curve ball. Players, especially those who did not go to college, need to time to adapt to that new life.

      If Baez had spent any meaningful time playing for Boise last fall I think the Cubs would be more inclined to move him more quickly, but that’s simply not the case.

      That said, unless he shows some significant flaws next season, I think he’ll finish 2013 in Tennessee regardless of what happens the rest of the this year. I also think he may be a candidate for the Arizona Fall League this year, and certainly next.

      • djriz

        You’re absolutely correct, Luke . There is a lot we don’t know, and stats don’t tell the whole story.
        My main point is we need to do what’s best for every prospect, and I don’t think leaving any player in a League that doesn’t challenge him helps the prospect.
        I think every player should be assigned to a league according to their abilities, not some arbitrary time-line. This would go for a Vogelbach, Saunders and Amaya also.

        With all that being said, I will admit that I’d LOVE to see the Cubs have a phenon prospect come up do what Trout or Harper have done. Is it Baez? Who knows. But would still love to see it.

        • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

          Expecting anyone to be a Trout or Harper is asking a lot. Those guys are generational talents. Baez has a chance to be a very good player, but he is probably going to come up short if the measuring stick is those two.

          • Vladimir

            Hell I expect Baez, Soler, and Almora to all be trouts and harpers. j/k. Haha, yeah I’m gonna have some koolaid now. But it tastes so good! By the way I’ve been sick and I’m listening to rain and thunder sounds and I finally feel a bit relaxed so sorry for sounding kinda loopy but I’m so happy.

  • MaxM1908

    Way to go, Cubs. Great series.

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