Javier Baez is…#ElMago (John Alexander/The Bigs Visuals)
CHICAGO — “El Mago” has been an invaluable piece to this Cubs puzzle. The Bayamon, Puerto Rico native was selected ninth overall in the 2011 draft and made his MLB debut in August of 2014. He’s played every infield position and left field….the first player since Mark DeRosa in 2008 to do that in a season. This season he’s batting .271 with 13 HR and 49 RBI with a couple of game winners (May 8th vs Nationals, July 28th vs White Sox)
We talked about the art of his “snap tag” and where it originated.
“El Mago” said he learned it about 10-11 years ago back in Puerto Rico from one of his coaches, so imagine how much it has improved over time. As far as his glove is concerned, it’s crazy how easy he makes the tough play look and also how he adds a little flavor to a routine play. His style and grace along with the strength of his throws from any spot in the infield make the plays look effortless at times.