Javy Baez Wants to Walk More This Season

Javy Baez transformed into an MVP-caliber player in part by successfully altering his pre-pitch mechanics last spring. He moved from a somewhat closed crouch to a more upright and relaxed stance. This year, Javy intends to walk more by modifying his mindset at the dish.

Baez walking more sounds great, but he had his best season yet in 2018 by actually embracing his nature as an aggressive hitter who isn’t afraid to go outside the zone. Javy’s 45.5 percent outside-zone swing rate last season was the highest of his career (average 43.7 percent).

That said, if Javy intends to see more pitches without sacrificing his aggressive approach, sign me up. We’ve heard Theo Epstein talk about “selective aggressiveness” ever since he took over the Cubs organization. Baez adopting that kind of approach could, in theory, reduce poorly-batted balls and increase chances to hit better pitches.

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Brendan Miller

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  1. I’d like to see him stay aggressive, with more guys hitting better in the lineup around him. If he can do that, AND have better pitch selection – we could see another MVP caliber season.

  2. Machado to SD will have them jump the Cubs in PECOTA leaving us only better than SF who could get Harper and Miami. Should hopefully take them SD out of the 300M Bryant Market in a couple years if the Cubs find enough money to sign him.

  3. A sign of growing maturity on the part of Baez.
    I cannot forget his quip of early last season where he said something to the effect that he’d rather swing and miss at a pitch than take a ball 4.

  4. Tired of naturally born hunters being talked into meekly seeing pitches and walking. Look what it did for Schwarber—esp after Joe’s leadoff experiment. Look what it did to Bryant’s aggressiveness after Joe cutely moved him into the 2 hole.

    Swing away, boys…let Javy—and his Andre Dawson walk rate—show you how to do REAL damage.

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