Javier Baez's Absurd Opposite Field Shot, and Dan Vogelbach's Return Bomb (VIDEOS)

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Javier Baez’s Absurd Opposite Field Shot, and Dan Vogelbach’s Return Bomb (VIDEOS)

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

Although his season has been disjointed and interrupted, it’s also been highly productive. Javier Baez at AAA: .304/.372/.518, 7.2% BB rate, 25.2% K rate.

On Friday, Javier Baez homered as part of a two-hit game – his seventh consecutive multi-hit game. More incredibly, it looks like he thought the homer was just a lazy pop up to right field:

Notice the controlled swing there, and, yes it was in Salt Lake City, which helps, but it’s incredible to see just how much power Baez has. He clearly doesn’t need to swing out of his shoes to hit the ball a long way (in this case, the opposite way). I remain deeply and profoundly intrigued by his upside, and look forward to seeing how the Cubs incorporate him in September and then beyond.

Another Cubs prospect homer to share, though this one is slightly less crazy. It’s Dan Vogelbach yanking one way deep to right at Tennessee:

The homer is still notable, though, because it came in Vogelbach’s first game since returning to Tennessee from an oblique injury that cost him nearly a month. The homer was just Vogelbach’s sixth in 62 games, so the power that you know he’s got in there remains mostly raw. As a hitter, though, he’s a stud: .285/.412/.444, with a 21.2% K rate and an 18.0%(!) BB rate.


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.