2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Javier Baez
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Javier Baez and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Chicago Cubs shortstop during the 2020 MLB season.
At this time last year, debates raged whether Javier Báez warranted a second-round selection in preseason drafts. Baez racks up counting statistics with flawed plate discipline, which makes him a, sometimes, risky venture in batting average, yet he finished with a .281/.316/.531 slash-line last year. A hairline fracture in his thumb on September first cut his season short, but Baez appeared in 138 games with 89 runs, 29 home runs, 85 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 561 plate appearances in 2019. This would be a career year for many middle infielders.
Discerning his numbers going forward, one cannot overlook his strikeout percentage of 27.8 percent last year with a five percent walk rate. His average gets buoyed by a .345 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) and Baez owns power upside within his .250 isolated power last season. Make no mistake, Baez will swing and miss often with an 18.3 swinging strike percentage and 66.7 contact rate beneath his high BABIP and .281 average. But...