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House of Shlain: Confirmation Baez

Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

This week, I will cover the recently called up Javier Baez as well as three prospects who were on the move last Thursday at the trade deadline.

Javier Baez, SS, Cubs

The Cubs called up Baez for Tuesday night's game in Colorado. Baez, who started at second base with Starlin Castro at shortstop and Arismendy Alcantara in center, didn't take long to make a big impact in the major leagues as he became the first player since 1981 to hit a go-ahead home run in the 12th inning or later of his MLB debut. Fortunately, the best is still yet to come for Baez as his combination of size, strength, and off the charts bat speed makes him an absolute menace to face in the batterís box. The value of getting his offense from a middle-infield position going forward canít be overstated. If a dynasty draft were starting today, he'd rank alongside of Byron Buxton and Kris Bryant.

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