The Chicago Cubs have decided to keep Javier Baez at the shortstop position as he makes his way through the minor leagues, for now.
This creates a log jam at the shortstop position with Starlin Castro being at the top of that list. This is a guy [Baez] that has all the talent in the world and has the possibility of seeing the big leagues as soon as this summer.
The Cubs not moving Baez tells me that there is a good possibility we won’t see Baez in a Cubs uniform at all this summer. Now, could Baez play a little second base during Spring Training? Possibly.
“He hasn’t even reached Triple-A yet. There’s plenty of time to do it. You don’t want to take shortstop away from a kid. Once you move off shortstop, it’s really hard to move back. - Theo Epstein, mlb.com
While Baez has yet to reach Triple A, it’s only a matter of time before that happens. If he isn’t in Triple A to start the year this upcoming season, I would be shocked. Which makes it a little bit more confusing that he won’t be taking reps at second base.
For the long term, the Cubs need to move Baez to second base because when he gets to the big leagues, that’s where he’ll be playing. There have been some rumors of the Cubs trading starting shortstop, Stalin Castro, but I think that all that has bypassed. Starlin has recognized he made mistakes last year and as he gets older and experiences more, he’ll start to come into his own. Cub fans have to understand he’s still a 23 year old kid learning how to play at the major league level.
Baez is also just a kid. Javy is just 21 years old and is coming off a season in which he was named the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year. Baez hit .282 with 37 home runs and 111 RBI’s while making stops at Daytona and Tennessee.