2011 MLB Draft Tracker: Cubs Select Javier Baez

Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez (SS, Arlington Country Day School, Jacksonville, Florida)
Despite last-second rumors that they would go way off the board, in the end the Cubs went with Javier Baez, a Florida high-school prep originally from Puerto Rico, with the ninth overall pick. Baez features explosive bat speed and outstanding power potential. He may or may not have the tools to remain at shortstop, depending on what analyst you ask, but his range and arm strength will be sufficient for third base if he does have to change positions. He's 6-1, 205, and a solid overall athlete.

There have been questions about Baez's makeup that turned some teams off, but overall his excellent hitting overrode those concerns for most scouts. He has the kind of strength and pull power to exceed 20 homers annually, and he has a good chance to hit for a high batting average and on-base percentage as well. It's a sound pick.

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