Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – In need of offensive punch, the Chicago Cubs will call up prized infield prospect Javier Baez before they face the Colorado Rockies Tuesday.
A first-round pick by the Cubs in 2011, Baez had a slow start in his first season at Triple-A Iowa, batting just .172 in April.
However, Baez trended up since, batting .300 with 10 home runs in July and hitting his 22nd and 23 home runs Sunday. For the season, the 21-year-old Baez is slashing .260/.323/.510 with 80 RBIs.
Baez also hit 37 home runs between Single-A and Double-A last season.
A shortstop for much of his career, Baez has played more second base lately in anticipation of a big-league call-up since the Cubs have three-time All-Star Starlin Castro entrenched at short.
Arismendy Alcantara, a 22-year-old infield prospect called up to the Cubs on July 8, likely will shift from second base to play mostly center field with Baez in the lineup.
Baez played in the Futures Game during the All-Star festivities in Minneapolis, hitting a home run.