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2011 draft review: Going on the offensive

Javier Baez

The following is condensed from Chris Gigley’s 2011 draft review for the July issue of Vine Line. Subscribers get monthly updates on the minor leagues, including player profiles and in-depth features on baseball and life down on the farm. (Javier Baez photo courtesy of Aflac All-American Tournament)

After Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken’s surprise first-round choice of right-hander Hayden Simpson last year, he used his first pick this year on a shortstop, Javier Baez, despite having one of the game’s best, Starlin Castro, already in the majors.

“He has such an advanced bat,” Wilken said of Baez. “His ability to play at numerous positions also made him attractive. We’re going to let him determine where he plays.”

Baez’s bat and build profile better at third base, where he could one day slide into the lineup next to Castro. Baez stands 6 feet 1 and weighs 205, and shows the kind of bat speed that has earned him comparisons to former big league slugger Gary Sheffield. The Puerto Rico native moved to Florida in 2005 and still needs to work on his English. The Cubs think his game, however, translates just fine in the U.S. (more…)