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Chicago Cubs Sign Javier Baez

According to Jim Callis, the Chicago Cubs were able to sign the overall number nine pick right-handed infielder Javier Baez for $2.625 million. Baez, a short stop, was named by Baseball America as the best pure high school hitter in the draft. He will most likely be moved to third base because of his build.

He was born in Puerto Rico (like fellow first-rounder Francisco Lindor), but eventually made his way to Arlington Country Day High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He had a commitment to Chipola College in Jacksonville.

Perfect Game has a great scouting report on him, including this:

He has outstanding bat speed from the right side with an extended, aggressive swing with plenty of lift that enables him to drive balls up the alleys and over the fence to any part of the field. While Baez’ offensive potential intrigues scouts the most, he has impressive defensive tools, as well, that enable him to play a number of positions.

Baez is a high-ceiling third base prospect who may form an exciting infield for the Cubs with Starlin Castro and Dan Vogelbach.