Javier Baez

Javier Baez

2B,3B,SS - CHC
Age: 26Bats: RThrows: R

Next Game

ATL @ CHC
Max Fried #85
Tue, 6/25 8:05pm
Matchup (?)
Rank H #9
Projection (?) 4.8 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
99%
 
ESPN
100%

Eligibility

Yahoo 2B,3B,SS
ESPN 2B,3B,SS
CBS 2B,3B,SS

It's time to stop worrying and start loving Baez despite the poor contact numbers. Despite once again residing among baseball's laggards in swinging strikes and outside-swing rate, the jovial infielder is batting .283/.321/.534 with 17 homers. He's pummeling balls with a 92-mph average exit velocity, and at least a 5.5% walk rate is actually higher than past norms. However, he has slumped in June and stolen just three bases all season. Maybe skeptics were right not to want him as first-round anchor.

Baez still has terrible plate discipline...and he's still one of the best hitters in fantasy baseball. He probably won't be quite this good going forward, but nobody should be betting against this guy at this point.

Baez was excellent last year, hitting 34 homers with 21 steals, 101 runs and a league-leading 111 RBIs. While he is surely a star, every projection model sees those numbers regressing in 2019, especially his batting average which was propped up by a .347 BABIP