Javier Baez will not be making the trip to Pittsburgh with the Chicago Cubs to start the season.
On Saturday, the Cubs assigned Baez to the minor leagues.
In telling Baez about his assignment, Cubs manager Rick Renteria highlighted areas for the top prospect to work on.
Renteria on Baez: “I told Javy to work on his defense and put together some good AB’s. He took the news well as he continues to develop.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 22, 2014
The consensus for Baez has always been that he has needed to work on his defense before having any chance at playing at the Major League level. That is what Baez will do as he will be the starting shortstop for the Iowa Cubs at the start of the Minor League season. Baez will also see some time at second base.
There was a growing movement in Spring that was pushing for Baez to make the Major League team out of Spring Training. Baez has impressed this Spring by hitting .310 to go along with 5 home runs. But the Cubs front office is making the right move. The internet yuppies will argue about this decision till their thumbs develop carpal tunnel but the Cubs need to stick to their plan. There simply is no need to rush Baez to the Major Leagues.
Baez will undoubtedly see the Major League level at some point in 2014 barring any unforeseen comeback.