Hold Off On Javier
While we strained to watch the game Monday night through a thick fog at Wrigley Field, Cubs’ top prospect Javier Baez was having the game of his life in the Florida State League. He hit 4 home runs in 4 at-bats, creating quite a Twitter buzz.
Amid the excitement, there were a few Cubs fans who were hoping the Cubs would pull a Yasiel Puig move and promote Baez to the big leagues to give the team a shot in the arm.
Ummmmmm, no, that’s not going to happen. While it’s fun to dream about Baez hitting 4 homers for the Cubs sometime soon, it won’t be this year. It may not even be next year. He’s a raw 20-year-old minor league baseball player who obviously can hit, but his K/W ratio is 60/11 in High A ball and he’s committed 26 errors in 56 games at shortstop. He has a long way to go.
Also consider the last Daytona Cub to hit 4 in a game was Ryan Harvey, who is currently playing in independent ball and has never gotten to the big leagues.
Take a breath.
It’s OK to be in awe of what he did last night and it’s also OK to acknowledge that it’s still going to take some time for him to be big-league ready.