21-year-old Javier Baez is now a week into his big league career, and the show continues this week against the Milwaukee Brewers on Comcast SportsNet. Check out what David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth had to say about the Cubs' upcoming matchups in the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.
The Javier Baez show rolls on this week as the Cubs square off against the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets. You can catch the entire Brewers series on Comcast SportsNet, beginning Monday at 7:05.
Baez is now six games into his big league career and while the results have been mixed, it's impossible to deny that they've been exciting.
The 21-year-old is batting .276 with three home runs and six RBI's in his short stay with the Cubs, and while that's also included 12 strikeouts, zero walks and one error, CSN Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth says fans have to be happy with what they've seen thus far.
"What you've seen you should be pretty happy with, but at the same time the strikeouts are piling up. He's going to have to start realizing how they're going to attack him: they've attacked him with fastballs at the top of the zone, sliders low and away," he said. "He's going to have to learn to lay off them a little bit better."
One of the debates among fans is that Baez's monumental swing is leading to his high strikeout rate (and home runs) and that it's something he'll need to fix at the major league level. But Hollandsworth says it's too early to tell if Baez will need to make those adjustments, and that for now it's about doing what's got him to this point.
"It's how he's found his success, it's how he's gotten here. So you'd be asking somebody to change your game. Listen, that's not going to happen," Hollandsworth said. "He is going to have to want to do that as his career moves on and if he starts to feel that way or he starts to deal with some issues because he swings so hard, maybe he deals with that down the road. But for the here and now, it is who he is."