By: Ted Rivera
Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
It’s no secret Javier Baez is one of the most exciting players in Major League Baseball. Clearly he puts one-hundred percent effort on the field every single night, and at the young age of 25 he has a very bright future. In addition to hitting exceptionally this year Javier Baez seems to make a highlight play in the field every night.
Baez is hitting .299 on the year with an on-base percentage of .330 and is slugging .578. Javí has 30 Homers, 100 Runs batted in, and 35 Doubles on the season which are exceptional numbers and all career highs. His biggest competition, Freddie Freeman have a .306 average , an on-base of .388 but a lower slugging percentage than Javí with a .502 slugging. On top of all of these stats Freddie only has 20 Homers, and 82 RBI. This shows that Javier Baez produces more runs for his offense.
Some may argue Javier is a shortstop, some will say a second baseman, others will say a third baseman. Javier Baez is a utility player, he can cover many positions on the field and he does it extremely well. He dazzles his fans night in and night out with dives, tags and running down fly balls that have instantly impressed the baseball world.
Baez made his first all star team this year which was extremely well deserved after the first half of the year that he had. On the year at all 3 positions he’s played (2B , SS , 3B) he has only 11 errors over 1075.1 innings of field work , in which he has 219 putouts. To say the least , Javier Baez rarely makes mistakes in the field.
At six feet , 190 Lbs. He is one of the most powerful middle infielders in the league. Javier also is helping the Cubs make a potentially serious run to get to the playoffs just 2 years after winning the 2016 World Series. Although there are other serious candidates for this award, Javier Baez should be the 2018 N.L. MVP.