Although his bat still gets the lion’s share of the focus, Javier Baez will also bring an excellent, multi-position glove when he returns to the Cubs this week.
As if on cue, Baez made an incredible play up the middle yesterday for the Iowa Cubs. It was on the shortstop side of second base, and Baez gets to it from second:
That looked like one of those impossible up-the-middle plays Addison Russell has made this year. Though Baez set himself up to spin the other way, which, I’ve gotta say, looked pretty sweet. I don’t know if it’s the best way to do it or not, but he got the ball to first in plenty of time.