Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to wrist and concussion issues and finished with a .240/.313/.405 line along with four home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 121 at-bats with high Class A Fort Myers. He also went 0 for 3 at the Double-A level. Buxton is making his second straight appearance atop MLB.com's top prospect list.
The rest of MLB.com's top-five prospects (in order) are
Germen was designated for assignment by the Rangers after the team acquired catcher Carlos Corporan from the Astros earlier this week. He posted a 4.75 ERA and 31:14 K:BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings with the Mets in 2014.
Fowler was in his final year of arbitration. He made $7.35 million in 2014 with the Astros.
Baez is currently playing in winter ball, where he's struck out in 21 of his 43 at-bats. Strikeouts were a major issue for Baez once he was promoted last season. The 22-year-old posted a 41.5 percent strikeout rate through 213 at-bats with the Cubs.
Baez is currently involved in the playoffs, where he's been dropped from second to seventh in the lineup.
"His approach to the game and to practice has been really good all winter," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said of Baez, per MLB.com. "He's been showing up to the park [in Puerto Rico] early and working to get better. He's been playing the game hard, he's been playing good defense, he's been staying focused and helping his team win."
Cubs hitting coach John Mallee spent five days working with Baez in Puerto Rico.
"My timing was really late, so that's why I wasn't getting to the fastball and other pitches," Baez said of what he learned from film sessions. "I'm working on getting the timing back and we'll see what happens from there."
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Starlin Castro , SS||.292|
|HR||Anthony Rizzo , 1B||32|
|RBI||Anthony Rizzo , 1B||78|
|OBP||Anthony Rizzo , 1B||.386|
|SLG||Anthony Rizzo , 1B||.527|
|R||Anthony Rizzo , 1B||89|
|SB||Arismendy Alcantara , CF||8|
|W||Jake Arrieta , SP||10|
|ERA||Travis Wood , SP||5.03|
|WHIP||Travis Wood , SP||1.53|
|K||Jake Arrieta , SP||167|
|SV||Hector Rondon , RP||29|
|Full Team Statistics|
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