CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs tonight selected high school infielder Javier Baez out of Arlington…
MLB Draft Scouting Report: Javier Baez
School: Arlington Country Day School (Fla.)
Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American
Baez is an extra strong, stocky athlete that can do just about anything on a baseball field. He's often described as electric and his plus athleticism allows that to be the case. He's pretty physically mature and probably looks today the way he will a couple years from now.
The bat is what's going to make Baez special. He has an advanced feel with the bat and drives the ball with authority to all parts of the park. He's willing to shoot the ball to right field or spin on an inside fastball. This is as complete a hitter as there is in the 2011 draft class. Baez is mechanically sound and rarely expands the zone.
Baez has plus bat speed and good natural lift in his stroke. He has power to the middle part of the field and could be a 25 home run threat at the next level. He hits from a strong base and creates a lot of leverage using his lower half. This is a potent power threat with plus pull power in particular.
Baez has plus speed, but it will be interesting to see if he can maintain it over the years. He may lose a step if he moves behind the plate, and we'll need to see if his lower half thickens up over the years.
He has the tools to play shortstop, but his plus arm may make him a better fit at third base as he gets a bit older. There's also been talk of putting his stocky, athletic frame and plus arm behind the plate for the long term.
Baez is athletic, fast, has versatility in the field, and most importantly has a plus bat with plus power potential. He has star quality at the plate, and if he can stick at a premium position his value will continue to rise.
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