This is just a quick run down on the scouting report for the Cubs 2011 1st round (9th overall) pick.
SS. 6'1 205 Arlington Country Day H.S./Jacksonville Fla.
This is a player who was not on my radar for the Cubs pick but has been moving up draft boards as the draft has been coming up. Baez is an explosive player who's bat profiles better then Francisco Lindor's who went a pick ahead @ 8 to the Indians. Lindor's SS defense is much better then Baez but his bat could play @ multiple positions. Prior to the pick I heard Hanley Ramirez type tools ( though not sure what his speed is).
Baez has good hitting ability and above average to plus power. The thing that stands out Is his bat speed which may have been the best in the draft and is getting Gary Sheffield comps. He can be to agressive @ times which is normal for many H.S. prospects. His offensive ceiling can rival anyones in the draft. With the questions about his range probably means he will move off SS. He does have the arm and offensive tools to make the move to 3B. Ihave heard some teams were interested in his potenial behind the plate but I think this would be a disservice to his development. He may also profile better as an offensive minded 2B.
There are some questions about his make up and attitude. He does have good baseball instincts. I like his athletic body and he has the look of a ball player. I don't think signability should be a problem. Overall I like his explosiveness and potential with the bat. I'm fairly happy w/ this pick (although I was higher on Springer) and think he should be a force with the bat. There are many similarities between Baez and Gary Sheffield in temrs of bat speed, ametuer position, where they both went to school, explosiveness and, attitude.