Baez struck out four batters and walked one over two scoreless frames during Sunday's loss to Arizona.
The 6-foot-8 rookie had a fairly impressive showing since his callup in late July. He posted a 28:14 K:BB alongside a 3.03 ERA over 29.2 innings out of the bullpen for San Diego.
Baez is opening Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
A former top pitching prospect, Baez was moved to the bullpen this year in a logical move, given his shaky command and lack of a quality third pitch. He has a 3.25 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 24:13 K:BB in 27.2 innings across 23 appearances. Ronald Bolanos could come in as the primary pitcher.
Baez was officially called up to San Diego from Double-A Amarillo on Sunday.
Baez will work out of the team's bullpen but could be used for multiple innings. With Double-A Amarillo, he was used exclusively in relief but logged more than three outs in 12 of his 15 appearances. Overall, he's recorded a 2.00 ERA with 38 strikeouts across 27 innings this season.
Baez joined the Padres in Chicago on Saturday as a member of the taxi squad and could be formally called up from Double-A Amarillo at some point in the coming days, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
A trio of esteemed prospects in Baez, pitcher Adrian Morejon and infielder Luis Urias all joined the Padres for their road trip, but only Urias has been activated ahead of Saturday's game against the Cubs. Morejon and Baez should both officially join the roster soon, with the decision to activate either pitcher likely hinging on the usage of the team's other relief arms over the next few days. The Padres have used the 6-foot-8 right-hander exclusively in relief this season, with Baez turning in a 2.00 ERA while racking up 38 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .216 average across 27 innings. He could be a multi-inning weapon out of the bullpen over the final two months as San Diego looks to chase down a wild-card spot.
Baez (shoulder) has been activated from the injured list and will join Double-A Amarillo, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The 6-foot-8 righty hasn't pitched this season as he's been dealing with right shoulder inflammation, but he was activated Tuesday with Andres Munoz getting called up to Triple-A El Paso. Baez was impressive for High-A Lake Elsinore last season, posting a 2.91 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 92 strikeouts over 86.2 innings, but he struggled in his brief time in Double-A last year, giving up 15 runs in 18.1 innings.
Baez will begin the season on the injured list at Double-A Amarillo due to right shoulder inflammation, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union Tribune reports.
Once healthy, Baez will look to find more success in the Texas League after yielding 15 runs on 22 hits and 12 walks over 18.1 innings in his four starts at the level late in 2018. The Padres haven't provided a clear timeline for when he'll return to game action.
Baez was promoted to Double-A San Antonio on Thursday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Baez compiled a solid 2.91 ERA and 92:33 across 17 starts (86.2 innings) with High-A Lake Elsinore before earning a promotion. The 22-year-old will likely finish the year with the Missions, where he'll look to keep things rolling in his first taste of Double-A ball.
Baez (back) came off the disabled list and tossed five scoreless innings for High-A Lake Elsinore. He did not allow a hit, walked two and struck out two against San Jose.
He didn't miss his typical amount of bats in his High-A debut, but was still utterly dominant. Baez was held back in extended spring training to start the season with a lower-back issue, but that shouldn't affect his 2018 production, as he was going to be limited to around 100 innings this season anyway. Baez should receive a promotion to Double-A this summer if he continues to stymie High-A hitters in this manner.
Baez developed a lower-back issue in December and will remain in extended spring training for a few weeks, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
He is pitching in games in Peoria, Ariz., but has not yet built up his innings to the point that the Padres feel comfortable assigning him to an affiliate. Sanders speculates that Baez may begin his season toward the end of April. Perhaps the top breakout pitching prospect of 2017, Baez only logged 63.2 total innings between the AZL and Midwest League, so this won't negatively affect the amount of innings he is able to log in 2018, as he would likely have been limited to around 100 innings anyway. Look for Baez to open at either High-A or Double-A.
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