Top Cubs prospect Baez promoted to Double-A

Top Cubs prospect Baez promoted to Double-A

July 5, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Javier Baez is moving up.

The Cubs decided to promote the 20-year-old shortstop, who's drawn comparisons to Gary Sheffield thanks to lightning-quick bat speed, from high Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee on Friday, per a post on the Daytona Cubs' Twitter account. In 333 plate appearances spanning 75 games with Daytona, Baez hit 17 home runs with a .274/.336/.537 slash line with 57 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts.

Baez won Florida State League Player of the Week honors in mid-June after belting four home runs in a game.

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Prior to the 2013 season, Baseball America ranked Baez as the No. 16 prospect in baseball and the best prospect in the Cubs' system. Baez, the ninth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, hit .294/.346/.543 with 16 home runs and 24 stolen bases between Class A Peoria and Class A Daytona in 2012.