The Chicago Cubs are progressing towards the future. Or at least, the future is drawing closer to fruition for the Cubs after the team’s decision on Friday.
On Friday, the Cubs’ high class-A affiliate, the Daytona Cubs, announced that top prospect Javier Baez was being promoted to Double A.
— Daytona Cubs (@daytonacubs) July 6, 2013
Baez was having an impressive season with the Daytona Cubs.
In 76 games with the Daytona Cubs, Baez is hitting .274/.338/.535/.873 to go along with 17 home runs and 57 RBIs in 337 plate appearances.
The decision to promote Baez is somewhat surprising. Entering the 2013 season, the expectation was that Baez’s teammate, outfielder Jorge Soler, would be the likeliest of the two to be promoted to Double A during the season. Soler is sidelined with an injury for the next few weeks, meaning it appears unlikely that a promotion is in the fold for the outfielder this season.
Baez certainly is worthy of a promotion after his impressive display with the Daytona Cubs this season.
The move from high class-A to Doube-A is generally the toughest learning curve for a baseball prospect. That is why it will be interesting to see how Baez fares with the Tennessee Smokies for the remainder of this season. If Baez succeeds, then he may put himself in position to be promoted to the Iowa Cubs at this time next year.
The expectation is that Baez will remain at the shortstop position. The Cubs’ front office has given no indication that they are willing to move Baez to any other position on the infield, and it appears that Baez could be the shortstop of the future for the Cubs.