Javier Baez has been as good as advertised since the Chicago Cubs promoted one of their top prospects earlier this month.
The power-hitting middle infielder has been dubbed the next Gary Sheffield with his vicious swing and tremendous bat speed that saw him produce huge home run totals and long bombs over the outfield wall.
Playing in only his 14th game on Monday, Baez hit a home run against the New York Mets that showed off the major league power he possesses that has many talent evaluators believing he can be a 35-home run threat year in and year out.
In an afternoon matinee against the Mets in Citi Field, Baez turned on a fastball from Mets closer Jenrry Mejia in the ninth inning and deposited it in the second deck for his fifth home run and longest of his career at 434-feet.
Baez is one of the faces of the rebuilding project underway in Chicago along with All-Stars, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro who are laying the foundation for the other prospects in the Cubs loaded system who have Cubs fans optimistic for the first time in years.
Cubs rookie Javier Baez now has 5 HR in his first 14 games. Monday’s HR was his longest yet. pic.twitter.com/aEE1ZeQxn1
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 18, 2014
Baez was a top-10 prospect in the minor leagues before the promotion, which was the third highest from a Cub as Kris Bryant, the top prospect according to some scouting services, and Addison Russell who was acquired in Jeff Samardzija trade with the Oakland Athletics.
Another top prospect could be up soon for the Cubs with Jorge Soler expected to be promoted in September.