Báez is one of the most electric young players in the game. Capable of changing the game in a multitude of ways, the 24-year-old is currently a super utility man that isn’t getting everyday playing time. However, with Ben Zobrist slowly getting less playing time, it’s only a matter of time before Báez becomes a full-time player. But will it be with the Cubs?
Pros: Baez is a defensive whiz, able to make any play required at third, shortstop and second base. A player like him will win multiple Gold Gloves when it’s all said and done and once his bat comes around he’s going to be a terrifying two-way player. Better to lock him up now than pay more later.
Cons: About that bat… Báez right now is too inconsistent at the plate. His tendency to swing at pitches outside the zone is certainly fixable, but right now it’s a problem. Perhaps waiting until his bat develops further is best.