Javier Baez, the ninth overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, went on an absolute tear last night playing for the Class-A Daytona Cubs in a game against Twins affiliate Fort Myers Miracle. Baez, a shortshop prospect, had four plate appearances and went deep each time, finishing the game with four homers.
Here’s a video of Baez hitting his fourth whammy of the night, with an awesome reaction from the team’s radio announcer:
I’m not sure that “HE DID!” is going to stick as that guy’s home-run call for the rest of his career, but it’s always great to hear an announcer that is really invested in his team. And can’t you just imagine this guy working for a major league team one day, screaming “HE DID!” after every walk-off hit, no-hitter, or foul ball?
Baez is just the second player in Florida State League history to tally four total homers in a single game. The league has existed for 95 years, and the last player to do it was Ryan Harvey, also on the Daytona Cubs, in 2006. Baez can only hope that his career turns out better than fellow first-rounder Harvey’s, as he’s been a career minor leaguer.
On the season, Baez is batting .291 with 13 homeruns and 44 RBIs through 57 games and 254 plate appearances. His on-base percentage is a somewhat respectable .339, but he has a whopping 60 strikeouts, whiffing in nearly a quarter of his at-bats.
MLB.com ranked Baez as the 16th best prospect in the league coming into this season, and if he keeps having outing half as good as this one, he’ll be even higher by next year. Baez isn’t expected to come up until 2015, so don’t go grab him in your fantasy league thinking that you found the next Yasiel Puig, but this is certainly a very promising start for the Cubs’ best hitting prospect.
He has to work on walking more and striking out less, which can be attributed to his aggressive style, but it clearly pays off for him from time to time.