Mar 7, 2013; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (70) doubles during the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at HoHoKam Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs Spring Training Notebook: Javier Baez Reports To Camp


Over the course of every Spring Training, there is a Tyler Colvin.

Colvin entered the 2010 Spring Training with the Cubs appearing to have an outside chance of making the Major League roster. Over the course of the 2010 Spring Training, Colvin went on a tear. Colvin demonstrated prolific power in Spring Training and forced his way onto the Cubs Opening Day roster.

There are two morals to that story. One, there is always one “Babe Ruth” of Spring Training. Two, players can force a team’s hand and play their way onto the Major League team.

Javier Baez is not Colvin. In fact, Colvin probably can’t even hold Baez’s jock strap.

Nonetheless, if Baez puts on an offensive showing like Colvin did in Spring Training of 2010, then the Cubs may be forced to put their top prospect on their Opening Day Major League roster.

Baez reported to Spring Training on Monday for the Cubs. A day after prospects Kris Bryant, Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson, and Albert Almora reported.

The expectation is for Baez to start the season with the Iowa Cubs, the organization’s tripe-A affiliate, but the shortstop realizes that he could make it to the Major League level this season. Baez is excited about that potential but also is determined to improve his defense.

“I’m going to try and play better and work on my defense,” Baez said to a throng of reporters on Monday morning. -Javier Baez, ESPN Chicago 

No word on what position Baez will play once he reaches the Major League level, though the ESPN Chicago report states that the prospect will spend most of his time this Spring at the second and third base positions. Once the season starts, Baez’s primary focus will be on the shortstop position.

With Starlin Castro embedded at the team’s shortstop position, Baez will likely play at second base or third base once he reaches the Major Leagues.

A scenario that may occur during the 2014 season.

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