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Report: Cubs calling up top prospect Javier Baez on Tuesday

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Javier Baez will join the Cubs on Tuesday.
Javier Baez will join the Cubs on Tuesday. (USATSI)

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The Cubs are calling up top shortstop prospect Javier Baez, reports Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. He will join the team for their series opener against the Rockies on Tuesday.

Baez, 21, was the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft. Baseball America ranked him as the fifth best prospect in baseball coming into the season, saying he "profiles as an all-star-caliber, 30-homer infielder." Baez hit .282/.341/.578 with 34 doubles, 37 home runs and 20 stolen bases split between High Class-A and Double-A in 2013.

In 104 Triple-A games this season, Baez is hitting .260/.323/.510 with 24 doubles and 23 homeruns. He hit .229/.285/.424 with 11 homers and a 33.7 percent strikeout rate in his first 66 games of the year, but has put up a .315/.384/.657 batting line with 12 homers and a 23.8 percent strikeout in 38 games since. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, the hot streak started when player-coach Manny Ramirez arrived.

Baez has played a handful of games at second base this year, so it'll be interesting to see how the Cubs squeeze him and the resurgent Starlin Castro into the lineup.

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