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Prospect Baez hitting for power, but racking up K's

Prospect Baez hitting for power, but racking up K's

Prospect Baez hitting for power, but racking up K's

While Astros outfielder George Springer leads the Minor Leagues with 29 home runs, Cubs shortstop Javier Baez is hot on his tail. Baez, the Cubs' No. 1 prospect, hit two home runs Sunday to bring his total to 27 this season.

Baez, ranked No. 11 on MLB.com's Top 100 prospects list, has hit 10 home runs in 20 games since being promoted to Double-A Tennessee.

But as Baez has put on a power show, he has also struggled at the plate. He is hitting just .232 at Double-A and has struck out 32 times. He has 19 hits, including three doubles. At just 20 years old, Baez is one of the youngest players in the Southern League.

Despite his struggles, the Cubs have already seen signs of the player he can become.

"[Baez] has got bat speed and power in some ways like Gary Sheffield -- when I saw that swing -- and he lets it fly somewhat like [Dustin] Pedroia does in Boston," Smokies manager Buddy Bailey told MiLB.com.

Overall, Baez is hitting .265 with a .556 slugging percentage in 96 games between Class A Advanced Daytona and Tennessee.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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