Javier Baez showed a lot of promise throughout spring training, but the Cubs ultimately decided to give their highly-touted prospect more time to develop in Triple-A at the start of the season.
CSN's David Kaplan sat down with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein recently to talk about the decision to option Baez, as well as other young prospects, as the Cubs look ahead to the 2014 season and beyond.
"I want our fans to be excited about young players, but (Baez) hasn't even played Triple-A yet," Epstein said. "We're being transparent about a lot of things, and one of the things we're being transparent about is (that) Triple-A is important for us. We want players to dominate each level and to develop as fully as possible in the minor leagues, physically, mentally and fundamentally."
Check out what else Epstein had to say in the video above.