Javier Baez, Infield, Chicago Cubs, #9


Date of Birth: 12/1/1992
Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Javier Baez, infielder for the Chicago Cubs, was drafted by the Cubs in 2011. He played in the Cubs' minor league system from 2011 through part of 2014 and 2015. In 393 games, he batted .288 with 434 hits, 88 doubles, 89 home runs, 80 stolen bases, 300 RBIs, and 426 strikeouts to 111 walks. Defensively, as a shortstop, he made 960 assists, 205 double plays, 572 putouts, and 97 errors in 330 games.

In his first major league game on August 5, 2014, Baez hit his first home run in the twelfth inning to win the game for the Cubs. Two games later, he hit two home runs. He finished the 2014 season with 36 hits, 6 doubles, 9 home runs, and a .169 batting average in 52 games. Defensively, he played 25 games at second base and 30 games at shortstop.

Baez played in 28 games with the Cubs in 2015 and he had 22 hits. Defensively, he played all infield positions. In the postseason, he batted .333 with 5 hits, including a home run, and 3 RBIs in 15 at-bats in 6 games.

Baez had a good first full season in the majors in 2016. He batted .273 with 115 hits, 19 doubles, 14 home runs, and 59 RBIs in 142 games. Defensively, he played 6 games at first base, 59 games at second base, 62 games at third base, 25 games at shortstop, and 2 games in left field. In the postseason, he batted .265 with 18 hits, including 4 doubles and 2 home runs, and 8 RBIs in 68 at-bats in 17 games.

Career batting statistics for Baez through 2016 include:

  • 222 games played
  • 173 hits
  • 31 doubles
  • 24 home runs
  • 83 RBIs
  • .244 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Baez as an infielder through 2016 include:

  • 7 games played at first base, 101 games played at second base, 73 games played at third base, and 63 games played at shortstop
  • 472 assists
  • 92 double plays
  • 303 putouts
  • 27 errors

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Javier Baez
ESPN - Javier Baez
Baseball Reference - Javier Baez