At long last, Chicago Cubs top prospect Javier Baez appears to be heating up.
With a 12-for-30 week that included six doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs, Baez was named the Pacific Cost League’s player of the week for the week of May 19 through May 25. The Iowa Cubs shortstop is the first Cubs position player to win the award since now-Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo won the award three years ago.
Even with the impressive week, Baez is hitting .211 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 38 games for Triple-A Iowa. However, his bat appears to have finally made the trip north from Spring Training, given he his on a ten-game hitting streak. During that streak, he’s hitting nearly .4o0 – thus raising his season mark almost 70 points.
A continued resurgence for the Chicago top prospect could help calm a restless fan base that is caught in the throes of another less-than-savory performance by the big league club this season. That being said, Baez appears to be set for a full season at Triple-A Iowa, given his back-and-forth performance this year.