Fantasy baseball spring training updates: Chapman, Pineda and more
Baez will start the season with Triple-A Iowa, but he should be in Wrigley sometime this season. He's a natural shortstop, but the Cubs already have a key piece of the future, Starlin Castro, manning that position. They've been working Baez at out second and third base, and he has played a few Cactus League games at the keystone. Current starter Darwin Barney has been the subject of trade rumors, especially since his glove is strong enough for him to shift over to shortstop. The Tigers, most notably, are in the shortstop market after potentially losing Jose Iglesias for the season with stress fractures in both legs. If the Cubs move Barney, that could further accelerate Baez' ascension. Either way, he's going to be belting homers in the North Side of Chicago before long, and should be drafted in all formats this season.