MESA, Ariz. -- Here’s a quick look at the Cubs 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday:
The good: Baez, Baez, Baez. The top Cubs pick of 2011, Javier Baez, showed off his power and bat speed, yet again. He hit a home run on the first pitch he saw, just as he did the day before to win a game against Japan. And just as he did in his previous at-bat before that -- three pitches, three home runs. Four pitches later he did it again, and this one left the park completely. That’s four home runs in 7 pitches over two days. David Dejesus continued a hot spring with a leadoff homer against lefty Bruce Chen, while Alfonso Soriano completed the hat trick in the first inning by going deep, as well. Alberto Gonzalez added one in the fourth.
The bad: There wasn’t much. Anthony Rizzo -- in his first appearance since his WBC experience -- was hitless in three at-bats, striking out twice while stranding three runners.
What we learned: It’s going to be hard for Cubs fans to see Baez and Jorge Soler get sent to minor league camp come Monday. Baez has really come on in the last couple weeks of spring training. His quickness in the field and his aggressive nature at the plate have become must watch this month. The Cubs have shown no indication they are deviating from their plan of both players starting at Class-A Daytona … unless the last few days have changed their minds. If so, it wouldn’t be shocking.