Friday, September 13, 2013
Baez is Cubs' minor league player of year
By Jesse Rogers
Chicago Cubs prospects Javier Baez and Kyle Hendricks were named the organization's minor league player and pitcher of the year, the team announced on Friday.
Baez, 20, had one of the best minor league seasons in all of baseball as he combined to hit 37 home runs and drive in 111 runs to go along with a .282 batting average and 20 stolen bases for Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He was the Cubs' No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, and according to the team, he is the first minor league player in 17 seasons to reach 30 doubles, 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in the same season.
Hendricks, 23, combined to go 13-4 with a 2.00 ERA for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He struck out 128 and walked 34 in 166 1/3 innings. He was acquired, along with infielder Christian Villanueva in July of 2012 for Ryan Dempster.
Neither Hendricks nor Baez are expected to start 2014 with the Cubs. Barring a change in plans, both are ticketed for Triple-A Iowa but are contenders to be called up later in the season.