• Full name Ednel Javier Báez
  • Born 12/01/1992 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Arlington Country Day
  • Debut 08/05/2014
  • Drafted in the 1st round (9th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2011 (signed for $2,625,000).
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    Baez matched up with fellow Puerto Rican native and Florida prep shortstop Francisco Lindor in February in the season's most heavily scouted high school game, with as many as 100 scouts on hand. Baez and Lindor have more contrasts than similarities, though. Where Lindor is smooth and lauded for his makeup, Baez is explosive and scouts generally pan his makeup. He lives with his high school coach (who is also his legal guardian), though his mother remains in the picture. His bat is too good to ignore, though, and offensively he has few peers in this year's draft. He has the fastest bat in the draft, and while he has a dead-pull approach at times, he has the bat speed to let balls get deep in the zone. Baez has plus raw power as well, which may serve him well if he has to move to third base. He has the defensive tools to stay at short until he outgrows it, as at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, he doesn't have much range to spare. He has plenty of arm for either position. His tools fit the catcher profile, but his makeup does not. He plays with energy, but it's not always positive, and he turns off some scouts with emotional outbursts and an off-field demeanor some describe as aloof. He's committed to Jacksonville.

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Best Tools List

  • Rated Best Power Prospect in the Pacific Coast League in 2014
  • Rated Best Infield Arm in the Pacific Coast League in 2014
  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014
  • Rated Best Power Hitter in the Chicago Cubs in 2014
  • Rated Best Defensive Infielder in the Chicago Cubs in 2013
  • Rated Most Exciting Player in the Midwest League in 2012

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Career Transactions

  • Puerto Rico activated SS Javier Báez.

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