Chicago Cubs‘ top prospect Javier Baez has finally hit a hot streak in the past few games. Baez hit a ball out of the stadium today for the AAA Iowa Cubs. He is showing his power finally, and showing why he is such a top-tier prospect. But, that is leading people to forget his early-season struggles. If Baez can’t handle the pressure of being a top prospect, what makes anybody think he can handle the pressure of being a top player for a World Series contender?
Baez is a top-five prospect according to both Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America. The likes of his hasn’t graced the Cubs’ organization in a long time. The fact that this power hitting prospect has only six home runs this season and is batting a paltry .201. Both of these are legitimately horrible. So yes, it’s great to hear him hitting balls out of minor league ballparks, but his inconsistency will drive Cubs’ fans crazy. Think Hee-Seop Choi, with more skill, yet also more heartbreak.
If the time has to rely on Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler, they should be just fine and may even be able to finally break the Curse of the Billy Goat by themselves. Throw in Albert Almora and you have a really solid squad. Baez may not exactly be the key to the Cubs finally getting over the hump and winning a World Series, but when we look back on this part of Cubs’ history, we’re going to see the excitement for the Core Four, not the Thrilling Three and the Anomaly.