Last night Javier Baez a top ten prospect in all of baseball got the call up to the major leagues. Baez is a short stop in the Cubs system, a 21 year old with a plus plus arm, absurd bat speed and power that will make your toes curl. When he hits a baseball it’s a violent thing. He was 0-5 with 3Ks through his first five ABs. He stepped to the plate in the top of the 12th with the game tied he then displayed his bat speed and flat out violent power, as well as some #sparkle as he was rounding the bases.
You may ask yourself, what is Gary talking about, why isn’t he talking about hockey in an article about hockey? Well there are two simple reasons for this, one is that I’m still recovering from the New York Rangers losing in the Stanley Cup final. Two is that, this “Russian” displayed a very nice compact swing. It stayed in the zone for a while, plus bat speed, choked up on the bat in a count where you needed to make contact. May never hit for elite power but can hit the ball to all fields. Defense might be a problem since she refuses to wear cleats and insists on wearing skates. Probably relegated to a DH role but she has the tools to hit enough to be one.