For those of you that may not have seen this today, Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus posted a couple of paragraphs about Javier Baez that may be a little concerning to some and downright frightening to others. What has caught Park's eye is the dismal splits that Baez is posting so far this year. For example in night games Baez is hitting .100 and his slugging % is .200. He's has a drop of 500 points on his OPS when he's behind in the count. What concerns Parks is that he's wondering if there might be a neurological component to Baez's day/night splits.
As I was listening to WSCR today, they happened to be interviewing Parks about his column from this morning. He's definitely still on the Baez bandwagon because he believes that Baez possesses the talent to be a team altering player. His major concern is that because Baez is a see it and rip it type of hitter, he needs to adjust his approach at the plate to help himself into more favorable counts. If he has the maturity, and the willingness to change then it will happen for him. Another thing to consider (that I didn't even think of) is that Baez is currently the youngest player in AAA. Think about that for a moment. When a number of us were calling for him to be called up earlier this year he hadn't even played in 250 professional baseball games.
Yes we should be a little concerned over Baez's struggles this season but imho, I don't think his struggles could have come at a better time. It's better to have gotten this out of the way BEFORE he's called up, not after. It's fortunate for Baez that he has a front office that has the willingness to wait for him to mature even against the drumbeat of an increasingly impatient fanbase.