Baez has missed the start of the Triple-A season while on bereavement leave.
Cubs fans are understandably amped to see Bryant start his MLB career.
The Cubs are hoping a stable of hot prospects and a tribute to Hall of Famer Ernie Banks on Opening Night will help fans forget and forgive the big mess at Wrigley Field.
“It’s about getting it done,” Anthony Rizzo says.
Bryant will be toiling in Iowa for several weeks until the big city beckons.
None of the heralded youngsters will open the season with the big league club.
Maddon isn’t as worried about Baez’s strikeouts as others are.
Bauer allowed homers to Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant on Tuesday.
Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant homered Tuesday.
It’s a glimpse of the future.
Baez struck out 95 times last season in 229 plate appearances.
Standing in the batter’s box against one of the top five pitchers in baseball really didn’t faze Javier Baez.
“I feel like I’m pretty close now” to the big leagues, Bryant says.
There’s a cold-blooded plan in place.
The “what if?” question is so haunting, so sad in life and sports.
A larger mentality is shared by the front offices of the Royals and Cubs.
The Cubs front office was concerned about the high strikeout rates of hitters.
Manny Ramirez has worked wonders with the young Cubs hitters at Triple-A Iowa.
“We have a really nice relationship with Manny,” Theo Epstein says.
Chris Coghlan hit a leadoff homer, and Javier Baez had his second career three-hit game.