Baez, Soler impress this spring
Top prospects Jorge Soler and Javier Baez (far left) impressed in major league camp. (Photo by Stephen Green)
CBSSports.com baseball writer and MLB Network insider Jon Heyman has been following Spring Training around the majors all month long. On Monday, he wrote a piece highlighting the top 40 players he’s been impressed with since camps began a month ago.
Included on his list are elite prospects like the Phillies’ Dominic Brown, former high draft picks like the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole and high-priced non-drafted free agents like the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig. He also included a pair of Cubs players who have been making their names known in Arizona: Javier Baez and Jorge Soler.
Below is Heyman’s brief note about each prospect:
13. Javier Baez, Cubs SS: He was sent out after a homer streak. Has to be one of the very best prospects in baseball. Cubs are stacked at shortstop.
Baez concluded his spring with the major league club by hitting four home runs over his final weekend. The shortstop hit .302/.318/.628 (AVG/OBP/SLG) in 44 plate appearances, driving in four. Baez was sent back to minor league camp Monday, where the organization is deciding what level to play him.
34. Jorge Soler, Cubs OF: He was drawing raves as an all-around player in Mesa, not just a power threat. The Cubs are doing a nice job building for the future.
Soler hit just .222/.282/.389 with a homer, a triple and a double in 39 plate appearances, but showed he can handle the outfield as well as the bat. The 21-year-old was sent to Single-A Daytona Monday.