Cubs News: A look at September call-ups who could help Chicago
By Jake Misener
Mar 26, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; A general view of the MLB logo tattoo on the neck of Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez (9) during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
At long last, we arrive at the most highly-touted name on this last.
After blasting his way into our hearts as a slugging MiLB phenom and reaching the big leagues last year, it’s time for Baez to get a well-deserved second chance with the Cubs.
This season, he’s battled injury and loss, only to emerge a stronger, more mature ballplayer. He’s spent the year with Iowa and has not disappointed, making Gold Glove-caliber plays on defense and belting moonshot home runs that have brought the Des Moines faithful to Principal Park with great regularity.
Last season with Chicago, Baez struck out over 90 times in just 52 games – which ultimately led to his opening the 2015 campaign with Iowa. Since that move, however, he’s reminded fans just why we were so excited to see him last year.
He’s headed into the final days of August with a robust .317/.382/.534 batting line for the I-Cubs to go along with 13 home runs and 60 RBI in just 66 games. He’s struck out 73 times in those games, but it’s not anywhere near the ratio he displayed at the big league level in 2014.
If Baez returns to Chicago and makes an impact, this already potent young lineup will stack up as one of the most dangerous in the National League.