Sammy Sofa wrote: Derwood wrote:
TBS Playoffs Insider wrote:I mean Javy becoming this player without ever learning how to take a walk has to be an almost impossible outcome.
He really is a Road To the Show character come to life
Pretty much; he's essentially proved everyone wrong, including the people that didn't think he was gonna bust or shouldn't be traded. If you can find me one person who said something, like, "Baez is going to inexplicably bend the game to his will and ability and really not change much at all," it would be a [expletive] miracle.
Yeah, no one saw him becoming an MVP candidate. I made a post advocating for Baez to become the starting SS and how I think he has a higher upside over Russell last year. It was not a popular opinion and Duke and Cubswin11 and others were telling me why Baez was unlikely to become a 4 or 5 WAR player and how Russell has more potential and blah blah blah. I still think Baez can be just as good as Russell on defense btw.
I'll try finding it. I remember mentioning Russell and trying to flip him to some team in the offseason to get a "Trea Turner + Joe Ross" type package back and people literally thought I wanted the Cubs to flip Russell to get Trea Turner...
Anyway, I was and will always be a big Baez supporter and thought he could become an All-Star someday and I believe I wrote that, but no way did I see him becoming this good this soon. Cubs need to lock him up after this season or at least try.
EDIT: I still think he has untapped potential and an even higher upside. All about drawing walks and becoming more patient and I think he will gradually start drawing more walks, but he'll never be a high-OBP guy. I will admit that.
"It was met with, basically, he didn't want to talk about that. He didn't want me to tell him that. I just basically said, 'Well that's why we want an electronic strike zone.'" -- Ben Zobrist