Javier Báez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 190 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/1/1992 (28)
Javier Báez Season Stats
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Javier Báez News
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (thumb) is back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. He has missed each of the last three games due to right thumb soreness. It sounds like Baez is feeling good enough to get back into the lineup here. He'll bat third and play shortstop against the Cards on Friday. Fantasy managers can feel comfortable plugging Baez back into their lineups.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (thumb) continues to be sidelined with a thumb injury and will miss Wednesday's contest versus the San Diego Padres. Baez left Sunday's game early with a contusion on his thumb and has been absent from the lineup since. The upcoming free agent has been having a good year all across the board and is hitting .240 with 14 home runs, 39 RBI and nine stolen bases. Baez will once again be replaced at shortstop by infielder Sergio Alcantara. Alcantara will bat seventh and should be avoided in a tough matchup versus Yu Darvish on Wednesday afternoon. The talented shortstop remains day-to-day.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (thumb) will miss Tuesday's game versus the San Diego Padres. Baez left Sunday's game early with a contusion on his thumb and hasn't played since. The upcoming free agent has been having a good year all across the board and is hitting .240 with 14 home runs, 39 RBI and nine stolen bases. Baez remains day-to-day and will be replaced at shortstop by infielder Sergio Alcantara. Alcantara will bat seventh and is a dart throw in DFS versus Dinelson Lamet on Tuesday.
Javier Baez posted a terrible season for the Cubs and fantasy managers alike in 2020, slashing just .203/.238/.360 with eight homers and three steals over 235 PAs. His plate discipline was horrible, with a 31.9 K% and 3 BB%, but both rates were in keeping with his career averages (28.4% and 4.7%, respectively). The difference was a .262 BABIP, 71 points below his career mark of .333. Unfortunately, this doesn't look like a case of regression bringing Baez back to fantasy relevance. He was never much of a line-drive hitter (18.4 LD% career, 18.9% last year), and he posts a double-digit IFFB% every other year (14.9% in 2020). His contact quality also took a hit, as his rate of Brls/BBE declined from 12.7% in 2019 to just 8.1% last year while he lost a full tick of average airborne exit velocity (94.9). Baez blames the lack of in-game video for his poor performance, but it may still be restricted in 2021. The 28-year-old is projected as Chicago's fifth hitter, a role that could hurt his counting stats as well. The fantasy community seems to be paying for a rebound at an ADP of 71, but there are far too many red flags here to justify that price.