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.