LAS VEGAS -- Javier Baez used to prefer playing second base over shortstop. This week, he'll be back at second for the Cubs.
Baez took grounders at second again on Sunday, and expects to start a game there early this week. It won't be the first time Baez has played second -- he did so in high school.
"Then our shortstop went away, so I moved to short, and I didn't really like it, so I started playing center field, and then I came back to short," Baez said Sunday. "I used to like playing center field. I would do diving catches and stuff like that."
The Cubs top prospect, Baez will open the season at shortstop for Triple-A Iowa. But the Cubs want to have the infielder get some action at second to improve his versatility and give the team some options.
It hasn't been that tough for Baez to relearn the footwork needed at second.
"It's pretty much the same thing," he said.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.