‘Drained’ Javy Baez will pass on Arizona Fall League
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter September 20, 2013 8:15PM
MILWAUKEE — Shortstop Javy Baez, the Cubs minor-league player of the year, received permission to skip the Arizona Fall League after completing the longest baseball season he’s ever played.
“He says he’s emotionally and physically drained after the season, and we have no problem with that,” said general manager Jed Hoyer. “We agree the right thing to do is let him work out in Arizona and take some time off.”
The primary developmental loss for the Cubs involved their plan to have Baez play other infield positions to build versatility and better prepare him for a possible major-league debut next season.
Baez, 20, played 130 games between advanced Class A Daytona and Class AA Tennessee this season, plus the playoffs with Tennessee.
Baez, whom the Cubs selected with the No. 9 pick in the draft two years ago, led the minor leagues with 111 RBI and tied for second with 37 home runs. He hit .282 with a .920 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. His numbers were better in 54 games at Tennessee (.294, 20 homers) than in 76 at Daytona (.274, 17).
The Cubs can replace Baez on Mesa’s AFL roster but haven’t announced a decision.
NOTE: The Cubs also scrapped plans to have right-hander Arodys Vizcaino pitch in the AFL. Vizcaino, who is coming back from a second surgery on his rebuilt elbow, will stick to instructional-league play.