Cubs' Beeler: Baez, Bryant look like 'future Hall of Famers'

Cubs' Beeler: Baez, Bryant look like 'future Hall of Famers'
June 29, 2014, 9:30 am
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Tony Andracki

Dallas Beeler made his major-league debut this weekend against the Nationals, but first he sent some shockwaves through Cubdom.

Beeler had been at Triple-A Iowa before his brief call-up, where he was teammates with Javier Baez all year as well as Kris Bryant since Bryant's promotion earlier this month.

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What did Beeler have to say about watching the two top prospects?

"You can't put it in words, you feel like you're watching future Hall of Famers when you see them play," Beeler told reporters at Wrigley Field Friday.

Whoa.

After tearing up the Southern League with Double-A Tennessee, Bryant has somehow been better in 10 games with Triple-A, hitting .351 with five homers, 11 RBI and a 1.266 OPS. On the season, he has a 1.174 OPS to go with 27 homers and 69 RBI in 78 games.

Baez crushed 37 homers and 111 RBI across two levels last year and despite slumping for most of the year with Iowa, he is hitting .342 since Bryant's call-up.

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And that's not even mentioning Arismendy Alcantara, who has put up an .888 OPS in Iowa.

"I would say [they're as good as advertised]," Beeler said. "They're good. It's fun to pitch behind them, knowing you have players that good on the field. When they come up to bat, there's always a chance for just that big surprise. You never know when it's going to come, but it comes often."

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