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javier baez aflRarely does a prospect’s performance in an individual game merit its own post – on the fly and in the middle of a Chicago Cubs game – but this is nuts.

Javier Baez just hit four homers tonight for the Daytona Cubs.

One game does not define a player’s abilities, and no one can credibly say that Baez doesn’t still have things to work on. He’s a long way from being big-league ready, and tonight shouldn’t let you start wondering otherwise.

But a four-homer game is a four-homer game. It’s awesome, it’s rare, and it’s worth noting.

Nicely done, Javy. You are very good at baseball.

  • caryatid62

    The only other player to hit four home runs in a game was…was…

    Nevermind, he’s the only one to ever do it!

    • B

      It was 16 people before him and Ryan Harvey in 06…

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    Very good night for Baez.

    He’s not ready for the majors yet, but it was still an impressive night.

    • cub2014

      Luke,
      Thinking of Daytona.
      What is the scoop on Steven Bruno I am
      assuming he is injured. I like this kids stats
      .360 avg .440 obp 2 years in a row. What
      are his prospects at playing at big league
      level?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        Got a possible future as a utility infielder.

    • Die hard

      Castro had 1100 PA in minors beg age 17… If that’s the standard the wait for these kids could be longer than fans can endure if 100 losses is result … So can see FO accelerating timetable for him and others simply to save the franchise

  • cjdubbya

    They’re saying he’s the second guy in the 94-year history of the FSL to do this. Amazing.

    • Kyle

      The buzzkill is when you find out who the other one is.

      • Cedlandrum

        Yep!

      • Matt

        Tim Wallach?

      • frank

        Tuffy Rhodes?

        • Kyle

          Ryan Harvey, a top-10 draft pick for the Cubs as a HSer from Floriday, who made the top-100 prospect lists on his amazing power but had major problems with not walking enough and striking out too much.

          • Drew7

            :shudders:

          • Matt

            So that’s kind of like Tim Wallach, right?

            Or……

          • hansman1982

            Bah, Harvey just wanted to always crush the ball and was too amazing.

          • X the Cubs fan

            Baez has pretty good hit tool and he still has good speed and defense.

          • David

            Of course, that’s pretty much where the similarities end as Baez is a much more highly regarded prospect than Harvey ever was and is younger for the league and doing much, much better at it.

          • OCCubFan

            Micah Hoffpaiur hit 4 HRs in a game at Iowa.

  • Die hard

    Should spur Castro which could be wake up call

    • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

      I doubt Starlin Castro cares what Javier Baez is doing at Single A. You are on a roll lately.

      • B

        I doubt anyone cares… personally, I would field 8 javy’s and one ransom and bet that I could put up more wins in a season than the last two for the Cubs. The Cubs farm system is to baseball as stem cell research is to cancer. We have lots of opportunities for people other than ourselves. Sell sell sell!

    • Josh

      You love your “wake up calls”……first Stewart gets one when the Cubs draft Bryant, now Castro gets one from Baez. I am going to go out on a limb and say that neither player really cares what is happening in the bowels of the farm system.

      • Oswego chris

        Actually I think Die Hard is right about this, when Baez hit the fourth homer, Castro felt a tremor in the force and had to take a seat, when Valbuena asked him what was wrong (potentially in Spanish) he said “it was like thousands of voices crying out the name of another shortstop at once”

        • Timothy Scarbrough

          Impossible, Valbuena felt the same force knock him over with the performance of Junior Lake over the weekend. He has barely recovered.

          • Oswego chris

            Valbuena is probably not force sensitive…

            • wvcubsfan

              immune or just brain dead?

              • Oswego chris

                No, I would think you would have to at least be a prospect to have any Jedi skills…he could make a good smuggler or bounty hunter, but that’s probably it

                • JB88

                  Or a Wookie.

                  • Oswego chris

                    Bantha

        • OlderStyle

          …ftw.

  • North Side Irish

    Rally killer.

  • Dustin Lowe

    what a performance! Outstanding! Can’t wait to see this kid in action

  • cubchymyst

    Instead of a bunt tournament in spring training the Cubs should have an internal home-run derby. That would be something to watch, Bryant (once signed), Baez, Vogelbach, Soler, and Rizzo would be awesome.

  • Kyle

    *falls prostrate at Javy’s feet and begs for forgiveness*

    • Dynastyin2017

      But what will you tomorrow if he has 4 k’s?

      • Kyle

        Be very confused.

  • another JP

    Fort Myers announcer said “Unbaezable” after the last out of the game.

    • another JP

      As an aside, Fort Myers announcer has been effusive in his praise for JB tonight. Guy has been 100% class.

  • Joker

    Milb.com says the only other person to do it was Ryan Harvey for Daytona in 2005. Uh-oh. That cannot be good.

  • Oswego chris

    Well according to George Brett, Baez killed four rallies tonight…

    • Jp3

      Hah, what does George Brett know about baseball… He’s one to talk about killing rallies with too much pine tar on his bat..

  • They’re Alouing

    I know a lot of this is coming from frustration at the Cubs ridiculously hot and cold offense (outside of the 9 spot). Why not bump Baez up a level see if this hot hitting translates. Let him go against better competition, lets see what we have in this kid, challenge him.

  • Tyron

    I like the end part , good one Brett lol,
    Does anyone think he get moved up in September
    To see a lil mlb pitching

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      No. He’s not on the 40 man roster, so all the Cubs would do by moving him up to the majors is create roster crunch issues in exchange for virtually no upside.

      I think he will get a taste of Double A (likely in August), and is likely to visit the AFL again, but not the majors. Not this year.

  • Jimbo

    Not starting that clock this year

  • cubsin

    Soler might earn a September call-up because he’s already on the major league roster. We won’t see Baez, Almora or Bryant in Chicago this year.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Unless the Cubs promise to promote Bryant as a condition of signing him. That would be a very Boras move.

      • wvcubsfan

        Would this be a bad thing? It might lower the bonus demand since he would almost be guaranteed to be a super two.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          Not necessarily a bad thing. Depends on the context of the rest of the deal.

          • another JP

            Are you aware of any draft picks that have done that, Luke? I was actually thinking that it might be a creative way of circumventing the slot structure to sign overslots in later rounds. The money part would obviously have to counterbalance the earlier service time accrued at the ML level, but if we wanted to sign a guy like Martinez it might be necessary to do such a deal– especially if Bryant insists on signing a contract at slot or above. Simply swap the lesser slot amount for a major league contract.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

              Not under the new CBA, but it was speculated that Appel would require something of that kind.

  • Dustin S

    Amazing night to remember for him.

    Not sure if there’s anyone on here that sees Baez play live in Daytona regularly, but if there is can they comment on where the bulk of his errors are coming from? He seemed fairly decent defensively in the few spring training games I saw him in. But he also seemed a bit Castro-like in that he has range to get to balls in the hole that other IF might not even get to, and those can sometimes lead to extra errors. So I’m curious if it’s generally more fielding problems, throwing problems, or a combination. If it’s throwing maybe a move to 2B would help.

    • Die hard

      If he can hit .330 25 hr and 100 RBI each yr nobody cares about errors— problem is that Castro can’t now

    • Patrick G

      I believe a lot of them have been throwing

  • Drew7

    Good to see Alcantara and Villanueva have good games against Archie Bradley.

  • Jp3

    Was Castro ever going to hit 25 HRs?

    • Drew7

      You should know better than to do that…

      • Jp3

        I couldn’t resist, sorry

  • Blublud

    OMG, he should be on the next flight to Chicago. DFA Ransom and get this guy in the lineup tomorrow. He can’t be any worse then what we have now. Ok, J/k. Hey, this guy is no Ryan Harvey. Oh, wait. Maybe he is no Ryan Harvey. That’s pretty scary either way you look at it.

    • Dumpgobbler

      I wouldn’t be shocked if Baez could hit 25+ HRs in the bigs right now. But I’d bet he’d also K 200 times and be a mess defensively.

  • dan

    Cashtro is trade bait nothing else

  • arta

    he has no plate discipline, strikes out to much, and doesn’t walk enough! all he does is hit and with big time power!

    • Dynastyin2017

      29 home runs in 541 minor league at bats. Not bad, nope, not bad at all.

  • Rebuilding

    Innings like this 9th are the secret to our run differential. We beat the crap out of mop up guys down 5 runs

    • mudge

      good observation.

    • wvcubsfan

      Is that a bad thing? Would you rather watch a team that rolls over and dies with zero fight at all?

    • Kyle

      Evidence?

      • wvcubsfan

        Well the final difference was 4, and it was 5 before the mop up guy came in. That’s got to be the reason for the run differential right?

        • Rebuilding

          Seriously guys. Chill out. I was more making light of the situation that our bats finally seemed to wake up once it was fairly meaningless

          • hansman1982

            GAAAA BOO-BIRD SMASH!!!!!

        • hansman1982

          Ya, and it only matters less if we score the runs in the 9th inning instead of the 3rd.

          It’s better to lose 10-9 after scoring 9 in the first than 10-9 and staging a 9 run 9th inning.

          Or something like that. Anything to boo the Cubs.

          • Rebuilding

            Really? That wasn’t one of your better efforts. I’m sure you can find a silver lining of our 10th straight loss at home to the Reds since your a better Cubs fan than me

            • hansman1982

              I’ve been a Cubs fan for longer so…

              PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT!!!!!!!1!!1!!!

              (Eh, I can’t bring my A game all the time, or else how would you guys come to appreciate my A game)(for what it’s worth, I don’t think you’re that much lesser of a Cubs fan…)

          • mudge

            I guess booing the boo-birds stems from the same perceived impulse.

      • Rebuilding

        Oh Kyle…I wasn’t really being that serious as I have no idea our scoring by inning and situation. It just seems that we’ve been scoring a lot of meaningless runs late in games recently

        • mudge

          Don’t back down so easily. That’s no fun for Kyle.

  • http://Yes Dude

    Ryan Harvey part II. Baez will never be a full time mlb player.

    • wvcubsfan

      wow, just wow

    • Jp3

      So he’ll be (righthanded) Matt Stairs II? He hit a lot of pinch hit HRs?

    • SenorGato

      I’m thinking a Soriano that survives playing at 2B and doesn’t steal as many bases.

    • Brumf

      Harvey part II, why because they each it 4 HR in a game at daytona? Pretty stupid and weak comparison- why not dig a little deeper instead of being a cry baby? Maybe you would’ve picked up on some other things -such as harvey’s 125 Ks that year. Funny, baez just passed the 125 K mark for his carreer.

      You listen to too much sports talk radio. Making negative definitive statements like that don’t make you sound smarter. Makes you sound weak.

      If baez becomes a mega super star you’ll be the same jerk letting your friends know “i’ve been a fan of baez way before you guys.”

      D-bag.

  • Bsteady

    whatever dude. THIS IS what being in the ZONE is.

  • another JP

    LOL… Baez 4 homer thread will get >100 posts and the Cub post-game wrap about 10. Says it all right there.

  • MoneyBoy

    6, rock on!!! I’m not the biggest historian, but the best I can remember is Kingman’s three against the OH MY GOD, SIGN EVERYBODY Dodgers!! Just remarkable!!

    • Jp3

      Tuffy Rhodes says “WTF man?”

  • Dynastyin2017

    I know this means nothing.
    I know it’s a small sample size.
    I know it does not mean he’s ready for anything else.
    But, in June Javier Baez has a slash line of”
    .500/.559/1.167

    5 HRs/5K’s/2BB in 30AB’s.

    That’s just cool.

  • another JP

    From rotoworld player news:

    “Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez went 4-for-4 with four homers and seven RBI in High-A Daytona’s win over Fort Myers Monday.
    Baez hit a two-run homer in the first, a solo homer in the third, a three-run homer in the fifth and another solo shot in the seventh. He also made his 26th error of the season in the game, as his questionable defense is why many feel he won’t stick at shortstop. Nevertheless, he’s an exciting prospect with the bat, sporting a .291 batting average with 13 dingers and 44 RBI this season for Daytona.”

  • LWeb23

    My twitter feed is absolutely CLOGGED with Javier Baez retweeted just about every tweet he can find about his performance tonight.

    • Kyle

      He does that every time he has a big game. I love his personality/attitude so much.

  • DaveY

    Did anyone notice according to the box score there was a 12 mph wind blowing out to left.

    • bryan

      yes did you notice no one else hit 4 HRs either?

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