Thursday, March 13, 2014

Javier Baez - A Collection of Quotes

I've said it a million times, and I'll say it again... BUY Javier Baez if you can afford him.  Baez went deep again on Wednesday, and now has 7 hits, 3 of which were home runs.


"It's nothing out of the ordinary from what I've seen. I've really never seen anything like him."
-- Mike Olt, commenting on Baez' HR tonight

"Obviously, he's an exciting player, as you guys all have seen.  It's not like you can hide it."
-- manager Rick Renteria

"He can hit, no doubt about it. He's a good player. Everybody knows that."
-- Starlin Castro

"It's not the stolen bases but knowing when to run. He has a great sense of timing at the plate too. He has had a lot of big hits, at big times. That's what the best players do. He finds a lot of different ways to help you win. … That's exciting stuff."
-- Tim Wilken, a special assistant to Cubs President Theo Epstein, scouting director when Baez was drafted

"Baez [and Puig] are similar in a number of ways.  They have that violent swing and what I mean is they really have the bat speed to create impact on the ball.  When they do connect, it goes a mile. They have that rare combination of that violent swing with balance and control."
-- Jody Reed, the former Red Sox infielder who managed Puig at Chattanooga

"Baez is one of only seven players his age or younger who have hit 37-plus homers in a minor-league season in the last 20 years."

"He's a real hard swinger, like Sheffield,"
-- a Southern League coach

"Baez has the best bat speed of any hitter in the minors right now, and the ball explodes off his bat like he's splitting atoms with contact."
-- Keith Law

"Baez can be a .300+ hitter with outstanding power, much like Sheffield or perhaps Vladimir Guerrero in terms of production. If he stays at shortstop, all the better, but even at third base his bat would be a tremendous asset."
-- John Sickels

"It was quite a show.  He sprayed it around, covered different parts of the strike zone, different pitches. His swing is really under control and that's the great thing about Javy and his bat speed. He doesn't have to swing for the fences. He can take a nice, normal under-control swing, the type that would normally produce a line drive or a ball in the gap, and in his case, there's plenty of carry over the fences."
-- Theo Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations

“There’s lightning in that bat,”
-- manager Rick Renteria

"Javier Baez – that’s one of the best talents I’ve ever seen at the minor-league level.  That guy has a great future ahead of him. He doesn’t even know how good he is.”
-- Daytona hitting coach Mariano Duncan

“He’s special.  Hopefully, he just keeps doing what he’s doing."
-- Bench Coach Jamie Quirk

"What I see in spring training is unbelievable. He’s got a lot of power and plays very good defense, too... it’s very impressive. (I) hope to see him soon in the big leagues."
-- Alfonso Soriano

"“I will do whatever they want me to.  My goal is to show them I can play the game hard and come to play every day.”
-- Javier Baez


  1. Did you sell yet? Personally I sold everything I bought (which wasn't too much) all for a 100% profit.

    1. I don't like discussing personal holdings as it's a conflict of interest and I have to remain unbiased. Nice profits!! Like I always say, profits are profits, so I'd definitely recommend selling to anyone who can sell for a 100% profit. What I like to sometimes do is, if you can make a double like that, sell half, which recoups your investment, and let the rest ride at the new cost basis of $0. That way you have some fun at no cost/risk.