Cubs promote top prospect Baez

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Cubs promote top prospect Baez

The Cubs' top prospect is getting a promotion.

No, it's not Brett Jackson or Josh Vitters, but it may be almost as significant.

Javier Baez, the Cubs' 2011 first-round draft pick, is making the jump from Low-A Peoria to High-A Daytona, as reported by our friend John Arguello over at CubsDen.

Baez, a 19-year-old infielder, was rated by Arguello as the Cubs' top prospect in the latest rankings, and it's hard to argue with that now that Anthony Rizzo is on the big-league club.

The ninth overall pick spent time with the Cubs' rookie league and short-season A ball in Boise last year, but played in just five games. He joined Peoria's squad earlier this season and dominated, posting a .333.383.596 slash line (.979 OPS) with 12 homers, 33 RBI, 41 runs and 20 steals in 23 attempts.

Some question whether the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Baez will be able to stick at shortstop long-term -- especially with Starlin Castro's presence -- and he had some growing pains in the field for the Chiefs, with 15 errors in 52 games.

Baez doesn't turn 20 until December 1 and will be one of the youngest players in High-A ball. If things go well, he may make his big-league debut sooner rather than later.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Breaking down the Bulls-Thunder trade

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Breaking down the Bulls-Thunder trade

In the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, Ben Finfer and Dan Cahill join Kap on the panel to dissect the Bulls-Thunder deal.

Did Oklahoma City get the better part of the trade? And what exactly is the Bulls' plan going forward?

Check out the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast right here:

Bulls Talk Podcast: What Bulls trade means for franchise going forward

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Bulls Talk Podcast: What Bulls trade means for franchise going forward

On the February 23, 2017 edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to the Bulls-Thunder trade and what it means for the franchise moving forward. They'll also discuss how it impacts Fred Hoiberg’s rotation and the Bulls approach this summer. You'll also hear from Taj Gibson as he says goodbye to Chicago.

Listen to the latest Bulls Talk Podcast right here: