Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez and his All-Star adventure
An exciting prospect for the Cubs, and fans alike, Báez made the Cubs and Puerto Rico proud in the Derby. The dynamic nature of Báez certainly made for a fun time for all. Despite a first-round exit, Baez still turned heads with his moonshots.
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Báez faced off against Los Angeles Dodgers power-hitting first baseman Max Muncy in round one. Choosing his brother as the person to pitch to him, it took Báez a little bit of time to get a groove going.
After starting slow out of the gate with just three home runs in the first minute, Báez displayed that power everyone knows he has, mashing one nearly three-quarters of the way up the left-field bleachers with an estimated distance of 479 feet, finishing as the longest bomb of the night.
Statcast measured it with an exit velocity of 107 miles per hour. Báez finished his night with 16 total home runs, losing to Muncy by a single home run. Needless to say, still an impressive showing from the most electric player in baseball. Báez also started for the National League in the All-Star Game, finishing 1-for-3 with a single. Quite the adventure for the best second baseman in baseball.